BREAKING: Faraday Future Chief Battery Engineer Leaves Company

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 15

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Info On Porter Harris via LinkedIn

Info On Porter Harris via LinkedIn

Faraday Future has a much-anticipated reveal for its electric concept car set for tonight at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, but ahead of that unveiling, some potentially disturbing news has come to light.

Faraday’s chief battery engineer (engineer and designer for Faraday battery packs) Porter Harris left the company earlier this month.

Harris has assumed a role at Lotus Research and Development LLC, according to his LinkedIn page.

Bloomberg reached out to both Harris and Faraday for comment. Here’s what Bloomberg stated:

“Harris did not return a call or email seeking comment. A spokeswoman for Faraday also did not return a call and a text message seeking comment.”

Bloomberg adds:

“Faraday hired Harris from Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, the rocket company led by Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk. Harris worked at Faraday for 15 months.”

Below you’ll find background information on Harris, including his skills related to battery technology and assembly.

Additional Info On Porter Harris via LinkedIn

Additional Info On Porter Harris via LinkedIn

Source: Automotive News

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15 responses to "BREAKING: Faraday Future Chief Battery Engineer Leaves Company"

  1. R.S says:

    Lotus as in Lotus cars? That would be awesome!

  2. EVcarNut says:

    W0W! Spacex Did Very Well without him . This guy can’t seem to settle down at all,Sad to Say., They may be better 0ff without him as well…

  3. Vexar says:

    Lotus R&D is “Harris Porter, Inc.” by my read. It also sounds like he finished what he started at Faraday Future. For him to go off and start his own company means a few things: he has the cash to do something like that and stay afloat or customers to keep him going, and that Faraday Future either didn’t want to or couldn’t keep him.
    I sincerely hope he continues to pursue his dreams and perhaps this new corporation will allow him the flexibility to do so. The more interesting story is why he left Spacex. I recall they had some “bottom 5%” lay-offs at one point, and I don’t remember this fellow’s name prior.

  4. Anon says:

    Sounds like the battery pack dev is done, and it was time to move on to other challenges…

    1. Aaron says:

      Agreed. This may not be “potentially disturbing news” at all.

  5. Alan says:

    I suspect Lotus will not find this too disturbing !

  6. kdawg says:

    Here’s his new company’s website.

    http://www.lotusrnd.com/interests/

  7. ffbj says:

    Like when rats desert a sinking ship. Well extremely well paid rats.

  8. Murrysville EV says:

    Yep, they’re toast.

  9. Scramjett says:

    Based on the link above (thanks kdawg), it sounds more like he left to start his own design/consulting firm (as mentioned above). Looking at his project list, it sounds like he wants to be able to continue to work with both Space X and Faraday, in addition to other companies, on a contractual basis.

    I think he just wants to get out of the nitty gritty details and do more of the big picture work, and that’s probably easier to do with your own consultation company.

  10. Phr3d says:

    Because contractual work is easier to budget for the purchaser.. synergy and dollars.

    Think he’s on the right track..

  11. PVH says:

    I can’t find anything exciting about this story of a billionnaire needing help to be parted with his cash.

  12. Speculawyer says:

    Must feel great for battery engineers these days. Unsung heroes that have been delivering pretty good products for so long are now suddenly rockstars that everyone wants.

    It is especially nice since people have been whining about batteries for so long with little appreciation on how far batteries & battery-control systems have advanced in the last 20 years.

  13. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I always find it strange when people characterize one single person leaving an organization as an indication something is wrong there. People change jobs for many reasons, and rather seldom is it a case of “rats leaving a sinking ship”.

    Heck, as I recall, Tesla’s chief engineer was one of the 10% of employees who Elon Musk fired when he took over the company. That didn’t exactly signal the collapse of Tesla, now did it?

    My initial reaction to InsideEVs’ coverage of Faraway Faraday Future was that it seems to be a lot more hype than substance. My opinion has only been strengthened by the “reveal” of what I’m not sure even qualifies as an actual concept car — was it just a non-functional mockup? — of something light-years away from an actual street-legal production car.

    However, one single person leaving the company, no matter how highly placed, is not evidence of anything other than the fact that people do change jobs from time to time, for various reasons.