Faraday Future’s manufacturing leadership is now headed by not one, but two former Tesla executives. Faraday’s Global Vice President of Manufacturing, Dag Reckhorn, was Director of Model S Manufacturing at Tesla from 2009 to 2013.
He was one of the early members of the electric vehicle startup set to compete with Tesla in the luxury segment, and now he apparently brought on board Andrew De Haan, Tesla’s Director of Global Supplier Industrialization, who we learn left Tesla’s Fremont factory last month to join Faraday as manager of its upcoming plant in Nevada just last week.
Last week, the electric vehicle startup officially broke ground on its $1 billion factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
The company reportedly secured funding for the ambitious project, including state support worth $215 million in tax credits and abatements, and $120 million in infrastructure improvements at the industrial park where the project is underway.
De Haan will be responsible for all plant activities for Faraday Future, which aims to bring a vehicle to market as soon as next year. Considering they are only breaking ground now, even though they made progress on their vehicle engineering work, their timeline should be considered ambitious.
Before joining Tesla as Director of Global Supplier Industrialization in 2014, De Haan had a long career spanning over 20 years at automotive giant Magna. He held General Manager roles at two of Magna’s factories prior to joining Tesla: Puebla, Mexico (2007-2013) and Liberty, MO (2013-2014).
We wrote a profile on Faraday’s team last year and noted that a significant portion of its staff were former Tesla employees. Even though Faraday roughly doubled its staff since our report, it looks like they are maintaining their Tesla alumni average.