“No company has had such an experience, a simultaneous time in ice and fire. We blindly sped ahead, and our cash demand ballooned. We got over-extended in our global strategy. At the same time, our capital and resources were in fact limited.”
— Jia Yueting, head of Faraday Future and other businesses, in memo obtained by Bloomberg News
Gullible Nevada lawmakers in a special session in 2015 on blind faith alone agreed to dole out $215 million in tax abatements and credits to entice Faraday Future to build an electric car factory at Apex in North Las Vegas, though at the time it did not even have a prototype vehicle. The prototype it has since unveiled appears to have only one seat.
The state also promised $120 million in infrastructure that includes water, rail and road improvements that may include widening I-15 and improving the freeway interchange near the Apex industrial park.
Bloomberg reports that Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz is still balking at issuing bonds needed to advance the project due to doubts about Jia’s ability to raise funds — doubts expressed by Jia himself — but Schwartz’s office wasn’t available for comment outside of normal business hours.
Bloomberg also said Jia’s memo “singled out the car division for its profligacy, saying it had already spent 10 billion yuan in early development.”
The LA Times reported two weeks ago that Faraday Future hasn’t been paying its bills and still owes on a $75 million performance bond to the state of Nevada.
The newspaper quoted Schwartz as saying, “My questions are all about how they finance this. … I’m afraid it will never be financed and implode in the middle.”
He noted, “The stock is worth [about] half of what he started with.”