Once Worth More Than Ford, Evergrande NEV Slumps on Parent Woes

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

The company, which at its peak in April was worth more than Ford Motor Co.  despite 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 of liabilities. 

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Evergrande added 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. It has slumped almost 95% from its highs.

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

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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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