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Electric vehicle company Faraday Future is facing legal action for not paying for its recent virtual reality launch at CES 2017
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31 January 2017

Faraday Future is mired in a legal dispute for allegedly not paying for its FF 91 electric car’s virtual presentation as part of the launch at the recent CES electronics show in the US.

A lawsuit for $1.8 million has been lodged by the Mill Group, which claims Faraday has not settled the bill for a "graphic representation with virtual reality, augmented reality and holographic components".

The supplier says Faraday has paid $20,000 for the work but nothing more.

Faraday claimed in a tweet that the supplier "failed to comply with contractual requirements". In a further statement, Faraday added: "The Mill alleges it is entitled to full payment for work that it performed. Faraday Future denies this contention and looks forward to the opportunity to present the facts supporting its position through the legal process."

This is not the first legal wrangle Faraday has found itself in recently. In December 2016, just ahead of the launch of the FF 91, lawsuits totalling more than $10m were filed against the company.

The largest of these claims is from Futuris, a seat-making company that claims Faraday owes it $10m in unpaid bills.

Work on Faraday’s new $1.3bn factory in Nevada was halted in November 2016 as construction company Aecom said the car maker was $21m behind on payments.

The legal problems have arisen despite Faraday claiming it has more than 65,000 pre-orders for the FF 91. The company claims the FF 91 produces more than 1000bhp and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.39sec, yet has a battery range of 435 miles.

Alisdair Suttie


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31 January 2017
Chinese car making startups (Faraday, Lucid, NextEV) flock to Silicon Valley to gain street cred as hi-tech firms. While doing so, they seem to run out of money... and steam. The FF91 is a dinosaur anyway. Way too big to be able to self-drive smoothly through dense city traffic. Be ready for a 'staccato ride experience'.

31 January 2017
Faraday seems to be doomed before even getting started. Still perhaps they could get a film placement, add some gullwing doors, build it out of brushed non painted aluminium and like a DeLorean, finally become popular in 30 years time. Unless Faraday can go back to the future now.

31 January 2017
When do these boys (...and other dreamers like'em) ever learn ? Getting a car to market and for it to sell successfully is massively expensive - even for those with deep pockets and even deeper industry experience. The tech might change but the process remains the same. I pity the investors...

31 January 2017
Bogus firm with bogus "product" probably involved in shady business like money laundering or industrial espionage.

1 February 2017
When the width of the car was quoted as well over 2 metres I had the feeling that this project wasn't serious.

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