California And Nevada Among Four States Vying For Faraday Future EV Factory

Although aspiring carmaker Faraday Future prefers to keep most of its plans a secret, it has revealed locations currently under consideration for a new EV factory.

“We’re still actively talking to four states,” said company spokesman Marcus Nelson. “We have talked to California, Nevada, Georgia and Louisiana.”

Nevada, which successfully snagged a deal with Tesla to be home to its Gigafactory last year by offering $1.3 billion in incentives, may consider similar tax credits for Faraday Future (FF).

The Sacramento Business Journal reported that Governor Brian Sandoval met with company representatives last week to discuss building the factory in Southern Nevada. Officials with North Las Vegas are also in talks with FF.

Potential offers from California, Georgia and Louisiana are unknown. Nelson noted that FF will announce its final choice by the end of September.

It was only a month ago when FF announced that its battery electric will be available for consumers by 2017. This is certainly a bold statement from a new carmaker: to develop a car with an electrified powertrain from the ground up is no small feat.

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But FF already has a small army in place. And some of its leaders boast an impressive resume. Richard Kim championed the design of the i3 and i8 concepts as BMW’s head of design. Nick Sampson – formerly on the engineering team for the Tesla Model S – and Silva Hiti – Chevy Volt’s senior director of powertrain – are also on FF’s roster.

The company has added another 100 employees to its payroll since last month’s announcement, with Nelson saying FF now has a staff of more than 300. For now, they are working in Gardena, Calif., out of building once owned by Nissan.

Sacramento Business Journal