DETROIT — Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future aims to close a deal soon to go public through a reverse merger with a special-purchase acquisition company (SPAC), its chief executive said on Monday.
“We are working on such a deal … and will be able to announce something hopefully quite soon,” Carsten Breitfeld said.
Breitfeld declined to say who Faraday is negotiating with or when a deal would close.
A SPAC is a shell company that raises money through an initial public offering to buy an operating entity, typically within two years.
Breitfeld, who joined the Los Angeles-based company as CEO last year, also said Faraday Future would deliver its first electric luxury SUV, the FF 91, nine months after securing funding, with volume production beginning 12 months after such a deal.
Faraday has said it wants to raise $800 million to $850 million to launch the FF 91.
It will initially build the vehicle at its plant in Hanford, California, but ultimately will use a contract manufacturer in Asia with which Breitfeld said Faraday has signed an agreement. He declined to identify the company.
Breitfeld said Jia no longer owns stock in Faraday, which is more than half owned by employees through an executive partnership and an employee stock ownership plan. Jia’s stake had been a “major blocking point” to bringing in other investors, he said.
Breitfeld acknowledged Faraday has struggled in the past with executing its business plan.
“Because of the history and sometimes the bad news of the company, not everyone is really trusting us,” he said. “They want to see that we’ve become a stable company.”
Breitfeld, a former BMW executive, also co-founded Chinese EV startup Byton. Breitfeld left Byton in early 2019, and that company suspended production in July to reorganize.