About one hour’s drive south of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong Province, a vast plain of upturned soil is dotted with a few concrete-loaded trucks and a handful of piling rigs. The faint clanging of construction echoes through the air.

Here, electric vehicle startup Faraday Future (FF) is building its much-anticipated China factory.

One truck driver, who looks like he’s in his twenties, stops pacing outside his vehicle and removes his spotless white earbuds. He’s been working on-site for a month now, he tells TechNode, ferrying in concrete tubes for the groundwork-laying phase.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.