Faraday Future co-founder Nick Sampson steps down


Reuters

Automotive News | 2018-11-2

Chinese electric vehicle developer Faraday Future said its co-founder Nick Sampson has resigned a week after the cash-starved company planned pay cuts and layoffs to reduce operational costs.

Faraday Future, which has ambitions of overtaking Tesla, said its senior vice president for global product and technology, Peter Savagian, has also stepped down.

Sampson's departure, announced Tuesday, was reported earlier by tech news website Verge.

The two executive departures come as the company is embroiled in a standoff with its primary investor, China's Evergrande Health Industry Group, after a planned $2 billion investment from the unit of Evergrande Group went sour.

"Recent actions taken by Evergrande is causing FF to experience extraordinary financial hardship," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

"The investor has intervened in the company's capital planning and is preventing FF from utilizing our assets, which requires FF to take some very difficult yet necessary actions," the company said.

Faraday Future can seek financing from sources other than Evergrande Health, according to an interim ruling in October by a Hong Kong arbitration court in a dispute between the startup and its main investor.

The company said it has asked certain employees to take an unpaid leave of absence for November and December and is offering other employees the option of taking leave for the same period.

"We anticipate the furlough to last through the end of December 2018," the company said.




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