By on May 25, 2017

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This week, China’s LeEco canned the majority of its North American workforce and we assumed the layoffs spelled trouble for its business interests at Faraday Future. Not so, claims the automotive startup. In an emailed response to our earlier article, Faraday says LeEco’s decision to massively scale back its U.S. operations will not affect its daily goings-on or hinder the development of the FF91 electric vehicle.

Faraday Future spokesman Rich Otto also wanted to ensure us the company has no layoffs of its own planned. Obviously, the grim situation over at LeEco had everyone wondering if that was it for FF. But the aspiring electric automaker has come back with a resounding not as far as we’re concerned.

After LeEco’s announcement to employees regarding the cuts, Faraday CFO Stefan Krause issued a statement hoping to dispel concerns over the firm’s well being. “Hearing about layoffs at our strategic partner LeEco is discouraging,” he said. “However, I want to be clear that these layoffs have no impact on Faraday Future. We remain committed to our immediate goals of diversifying FF’s investment sources and getting FF 91 on the road in 2018, and we remain confident in the outlook for diversifying FF’s global investment.”

This doesn’t mean Faraday is out of the woods. LeEco hasn’t confirmed whether it will continue investing in the automaker and the FF 91 still has kinks to work out before it reaches production. However, the statement does confirm the brand isn’t interested in throwing in the towel.

[Image: Faraday Future]

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