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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

NOTE 13. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Manufacturing Agreements

 

On September 25, 2020, AYRO entered into a Master Manufacturing Services Agreement (the “Karma Agreement”) with Karma Automotive, LLC (“Karma”). The term of the contract is for 12 months. Pursuant to the agreement Karma will provide certain manufacturing services, starting in 2021, under an attached statement of work including final assembly, raw material storage and logistical support of our vehicles in return for compensation of $1,160,800.

 

The Company paid Karma an amount of $440,000 for the first production level builds and $80,000 for setup costs. In addition, the Company issued warrants to an advisor to the transaction with a fair value of $66,845 due at signing of the contract, which amount was expensed in the prior year. The payment was recorded as prepaid expense as of December 31, 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company recorded expense of $641,140 related to the Karma Agreement for the assembly of the AYRO 411 and 411x vehicles (the “AYRO 411 Fleet”), of which $468,480 was recorded to reduce the total remain prepaid to match the expected number of 411x vehicles to be built in 2022. This amount was recorded against cost of goods for direct labor as part of the first production level builds, and $73,333 was recorded for pre-production costs. $350,660 prepaid balance remained as of March 31, 2022.

 

Litigation

 

The Company is subject to various legal proceedings and claims, either asserted or unasserted, which arise in the ordinary course of business, that it believes are incidental to the operation of its business. While the outcome of these claims cannot be predicted with certainty, management does not believe that the outcome of any of these legal matters will have a material adverse effect on its results of operations, financial positions or cash flows.

 

Supply Chain Agreements

 

In 2017, the Company executed a supply chain contract with Cenntro, the Company’s primary supplier, a manufacturer located in the People’s Republic of China. Prior to the Merger, Cenntro was a significant shareholder in AYRO Operating. Cenntro owns the design of the AYRO 411 Fleet vehicles and has granted the Company an exclusive license to purchase the AYRO 411 Fleet vehicles for sale in North America. Currently, the Company purchases 100% of its vehicle chassis, cabs and wheels through this supply chain relationship with Cenntro. The Company must sell a minimum number of units in order to maintain its exclusive supply chain contract upon availability of the 411x. See Note 12 for concentration amounts.

 

Under a memo of understanding signed between the Company and Cenntro on March 22, 2020, the Company agreed to purchase 300 units within the following twelve months of signing the memo of understanding, and 500 and 800 in each of the following respective twelve-month periods; however, these minimums were waived by Cenntro in 2021. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the total prepaid expenses were $1,483,546 and $1,469,743, respectively. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 the Company’s total accrued expense balance was $780,340 and $867,727, respectively.

 

Other

 

As of January 1, 2019, DropCar had accrued approximately $232,000 for the settlement of multiple employment disputes. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, approximately $3,500 remained accrued as accounts payable and accrued expenses for the settlement of the final remaining employment dispute.

 

On March 23, 2018, DropCar was made aware of an audit being conducted by the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) regarding a claim filed by an employee. The DOL is investigating whether DropCar properly paid overtime for which DropCar has raised several defenses. In addition, the DOL is conducting its audit to determine whether the Company owes spread of hours pay (an hour’s pay for each day an employee worked or was scheduled for a period over ten hours in a day). Management believes the case has no merit.

 

DropCar was a defendant in a class action lawsuit which resulted in a judgement entered into whereby the Company is required to pay legal fees in the amount of $45,000 to the plaintiff’s counsel. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the balance due remains $45,000, recorded as a component of accounts payable on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. In addition, this amount was included in the $186,000 of prefunded liabilities assumed by AYRO in the Merger.

 

DropCar was audited by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“DOTF”) for its sales tax paid over the period of 2017 – 2020. The DOTF believes DropCar owes additional sales tax plus interest. Management is investigating the details this audit. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company has an accrued balance of $476,280 for such additional sales tax and interest.