The upstart automaker devoted the first buzzy( if not a bit nauseating) presentation of the demonstrate when it unveiled the FF 91, complete with a record violating 0 to 60 mph acceleration down a test track.
It was an exciting moment up until the event, the public had never seen anything close to a working production vehicle. While the autonomous system reached a few snags during its own demo, this was the first proof the automaker might be able to fulfill its initial promise to challenge Tesla’s reign as the preeminent name in the all-electric car space.
But if a report published today by Business Insider must therefore be believed, it was all a charade “ve been meaning to” distract from the company’s impending implosion. Representatives for Faraday Future and its partner/ backer LeEco, the Chinese electronics company, called the report “speculation” and dedicated no further comment.
According to the report, which quotes eight “executives” said to have intimate knowledge of Faraday Future’s business, the company is apparently “in shamblings, ” being abandoned by executive-level the workers and facing a shortage of cash in the face of mounting debts.
Faraday’s executive and fiscal woes aren’t exactly news but the scope of the company’s problems, especially after the FF91 debut, could be.
BI claims that many of Faraday’s issues stem from the disconnect between Chinese investor Jia Yueting’s LeEco team and its US-based executives. According to one of the sources, the style the automaker is being treated by Yueting induces it more of “a subsidiary” than a standalone priority.
The one surefire route the company could stay afloat “wouldve been” success of the its FF91 car.
“If they can’t figure out a route to get the money out of China in the next 60 days, the suppliers would basically force them into bankruptcy, ” one of the sources told BI .
The one surefire way the company could stay afloat “wouldve been” success of the its FF91 car. However, the company says it won’t ship until 2018.
One source told BI even that timeline was highly unlikely, calling the demo of the car “a bunch of bulls-.”
Still, the FF91 turned a lot of heads at CES, so and things seemed even better when Faraday announced it received more than 64, 000 preoders for the car following the show.
But the company didn’t disclose the breakdown of those reservations anyone preordering could do so without putting any fund down, although Faraday offered a “priority” sign-up that required a $5,000 deposit. Faraday has not disclosed how many priority orders it received, but research reports claims that real number is comically low: Merely 60 people submitted a paid reservation.
When reached for comment by Mashable about the reservation numbers and BI ‘s other claims, a Faraday Future rep had nothing to share. “We are unable to provide specific details with regards to reservation type, ” he said via email. “The specific number mentioned in the BI article came from an anonymous source and therefore we cannot comment onspeculation.”