Evergrande NEV's only model currently on sale, the Hengchi 5, has delivered more than 900 units, according to an exchange announcement.

Evergrande NEV warns risks of production halt if it can't get additional liquidity-CnEVPost

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Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group (Evergrande NEV), the electric vehicle unit of China Evergrande Group, is at risk of discontinuing production after struggling to deliver hundreds of vehicles.

Evergrande NEV's only model currently on sale, the Hengchi 5, is continuing to be produced in volume, with more than 900 units delivered to date, according to an announcement the company made today on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange website.

In order to focus its financial resources on supporting the mass production of the Hengchi 5, Evergrande NEV has continued its cost-saving initiatives and has taken measures to reduce the workforce of its Swedish subsidiary National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, according to the announcement.

However, Evergrande NEV will be at risk of shutting down production in the event that additional liquidity is not available, the announcement said.

The group will plan to launch several flagship models if it can seek more than RMB 29 billion ($4.21 billion) in future financing and hopes to get them into mass production, the announcement said.

Under this plan, Evergrande NEV's cumulative unleveraged cash flow from 2023 to 2026 is expected to be between RMB minus 7 billion and RMB minus 5 billion, the announcement said.

Trading of Evergrande NEV's shares in Hong Kong has been suspended since April 1, 2022, and the timing of restarting trading has not yet been determined.

Hengchi 5 is the first model in mass production of Evergrande NEV's Hengchi Auto, which started delivery on October 29, 2022.

The model is currently available in only one version, with a price of RMB 179,000.

On December 2, Reuters reported that Evergrande NEV suspended mass production of the Hengchi 5 due to a lack of sufficient new orders for the SUV.

A Securities Times report at the time cited people close to Hengchi as saying the brand planned to lay off 10 percent of its workers and would suspend payroll to 25 percent of its workers for one to three months.

($1 = RMB 6.8807)