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This electric car company was worth more than Ford – Now it’s crashing hard

Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group shares plunged anew Tuesday, extending a decline that has wiped out more than $80 billion (R1.13 trillion) in market value from the would-be electric-car maker this year.

The Hong Kong-listed company – which at its peak in April was worth more than Ford despite it not yet having a car on the market – has become ensnared in the woes of its parent China Evergrande Group.

The property developer said Tuesday it’s facing “tremendous” liquidity strains as it grapples with $300 billion (R4.25 trillion) of liabilities.

Evergrande also said it had made “no material progress” on plans to sell stakes in its electric-car unit, which was once one of its most valuable assets.

Evergrande NEV stock plunged as much as 24% in Hong Kong trading Tuesday to as low as HK$3.92 (R7.13).

It has slumped almost 95% from its highs.

In its earnings report last month, Evergrande NEV – which stands for New Energy Vehicles – said it might have to delay car production unless it can secure more capital in the short term, making its ambitious goal of unseating Tesla as the world’s biggest EV maker even more unlikely.

The plunge is a far cry from the heady days of earlier this year, when the stock capped a stunning 750% rally, and the automaker made a splash with an expansive showroom at the heart of the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

But while nine models were put on display, none are yet available for sale.

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