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Secretive car startup Faraday takes on Tesla with $1bn Nevada mega plant

August 20, 2016

Upstart electric car company Faraday Future hopes to have its first vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018, a company executive said on Wednesday, as officials marked the start of construction on a planned $1 billion (£700 million) Las Vegas-area production plant.

Nevada has pledged up to up to $335 million worth of incentives toward the project, which Gardena, California-based Faraday promises will employ some 4,500 people over the next decade.

The company, backed by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, currently has about 700 employees in the US. It unveiled a concept car in January, but has not put a vehicle on the market.

“Our aim is to complete a programme that would normally take four years and do it in half the time, while still doing it right,” Dag Reckhorn, Faraday Future global manufacturing vice president, said in a statement released as Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, company and local officials gathered at the North Las Vegas site.

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval looks at a model for a Faraday Future factory on April 13
Nevada governor Brian Sandoval looks at a model for a Faraday Future factory on April 13 Credit:  John Locher/AP

Nevada politicians held a special session in December, just weeks after Sandoval unveiled and endorsed the project, to promise $215 million in tax breaks and $120 million in infrastructure improvements.

Faraday Future last month pledged to post a $75 million bond toward the development of roads, rail and water lines to serve the 900-acre site at the Apex Industrial Park about 25 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15. The site is not too far from Tesla’s Gigafactory currently being built in the Nevada desert.

Dan Schwartz, Nevada state treasurer, has raised questions about funding, and has promised not to let Nevada taxpayers get stuck with the bill.

People attending the event as construction starts on a Las Vegas-area production plant
People attending the event as construction starts on the Las Vegas-area production plant Credit:  John Locher/AP

Faraday Future puts the size of the facility at three million square feet, or nearly the size of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Centre close to the Las Vegas Strip.

The company promises an automated “highly connected and environmentally friendly” plant that will emphasise energy efficiency and modern design.

“We are moving extremely quickly for a project of this size,” Mr Reckhorn said. “We have received tremendous support from local government officials and the community, and look forward to making a significant, positive impact on the local economy.”

The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, a high performance electric vehicle, on display at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on January 6
The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, a high performance electric vehicle, on display at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on January

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/04/14/electric-car-firm-faraday-aims-to-start-1bn-nevada-mega-plant-by/

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