Former Tesla workers launch mysterious Gardena start-up with ties to Chinese multibillionaire

In an industrial corner of Gardena, near a credit union and pet cemetery, a small white sign in front of a metal building reads “Faraday Future,” with a number to call for deliveries.

It's the only indication of the high-tech hive of activity inside, where a mysterious electric car start-up is taking shape. In sleek offices with white furniture, a cast of highly pedigreed executives and engineers — including former senior employees of Tesla Motors — is planning a $1-billion factory that will churn out the next luxury electric car.

“You have to be a little bit brave to do something like this,” said Richard Kim, head of design, who previously worked at BMW, Porsche and Audi. “We are going to make intelligent vehicles. We're building a brand.”

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