Electric car startup unveils 'new species' of vehicle

January 4, 2017

Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a "new species" for personal transportation.

The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would begin taking reservations for deliveries in 2018 with a $5,000 deposit for its FF91 model.

Faraday, which last year unveiled its prototype and is building a factory outside Las Vegas, did not offer details on pricing of the new vehicle.

But it touted specifications on battery range, power and acceleration which pointed to a high-end vehicle, outperforming Tesla on key benchmarks.

In one key benchmark, the Faraday offers an estimated 378 miles (604 kilometers) of range before needed recharging, based on US testing standards, better than Tesla's 315 miles. Based on European testing standards, the range is 700 kilometers or some 435 miles.

"This is day one of a new era of mobility," said executive of engineering Nick Sampson.

"This is the first of a ."

Because Faraday started from scratch, "we don't have to follow outdated practices or retrofit existing equipment," Sampson said. "We have to flip the auto industry on its head."

The vehicle is packed with technology: it has a semi-autonomous mode which allows for self-parking, and multiple modems to connect to the internet. It personalizes settings for each driver and occupant.

"Everyone in the car will have their own seat configured for them," Sampson said.

Lightning fast

Faraday's tests show it accelerates from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in an eye-popping 2.39 seconds, outclocking key rivals.

"This is the fastest production electric EV in the world," said Peter Savagian, vice president of propulsion for the company.

The sleek, aerodynamically FF91 demonstrated its muscle with an acceleration demonstration on a straight track in front of an audience, after similar demonstrations by powerful rival cars including the Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 488 GTB and two Teslas.

The company made no comment on reports of financial difficulties, after several reports that it missed payments to suppliers and had to cut costs.

Those reports come amid news of a cash crunch at Jia's Chinese-based technology group LeEco, which has been rapidly expanding its products and moving into the US market.

Jia appeared at the Las Vegas event, telling the audience in halting English that "this car is very, very cool."

The Chinese entrepreneur said he hopes the project will help usher in a new era of mobility which is more environmentally friendly.

"Once you have this you can get rid of the other cars in the garage," he said."

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gkam
1.4 / 5 (7) Jan 04, 2017
The future is not with the Tesla or the FaradayFuture, but the re-engineered e-Golf and other less-exotic EVs, . . for the rest of us, who want the practicality, not the flash.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2017
But it touted specifications on battery range, power and acceleration which pointed to a high-end vehicle, outperforming Tesla on key benchmarks.
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The vehicle is packed with technology: it has a semi-autonomous mode which allows for self-parking, and multiple modems to connect to the internet. It personalizes settings for each driver and occupant.

Enough with the high end stuff no one can afford and filling cars to the brim with gadgets that no one needs. Make a car that people can drive and has sufficient range. That'll sell well enough.
Who cares if their car is connected to their smartphone? Since when has something like this ever been a selling point? What marketing lunatic dreamed that up (and why are all company execs eating it up)?
Who cares if their car goes 0-100 in 3 seconds? If you really want to astound me (and take my money in the process) then show me one that can go from 100 to 0 faster than the competitor's car.
Lord_jag
5 / 5 (1) Jan 05, 2017
I agree with antialias mto a point. It's illegal to talk on the phone so i need handsfree, but forget about all the gadget stuff. You can get a bolt-in car stereo including Bluetooth phone integration, HD radio, all the inputs and GPS navigation all for about $1000 retail.

Partner with someone who knows how to make car entertainment systems and make a car that does the people moving in an effective way.

Edenlegaia
5 / 5 (1) Jan 11, 2017
Enough with the high end stuff no one can afford and filling cars to the brim with gadgets that no one needs. Make a car that people can drive and has sufficient range. That'll sell well enough.
Who cares if their car is connected to their smartphone? Since when has something like this ever been a selling point? What marketing lunatic dreamed that up (and why are all company execs eating it up)?


Try words were spoken.
carbon_unit
1 / 5 (2) Jan 11, 2017
And cars have lifespans on the order of a decade. High tech stuff becomes obsolete/insecure in a matter of years. Keep it simple stupid. I'll bring my own electronics into the car. Just give me a place to mount my smartphone/tablet, power and input to the sound system.

We have an 8 year old minivan. It has a built-in GPS, but Chrysler wanted a ridiculous amount of money for the update CD. Wonder if they are even available.
Eikka
not rated yet Jan 12, 2017
Since when has something like this ever been a selling point?


It's a question of, selling to whom?

If you're selling a business to investors and private backers, you catch more loose money with hype than with sound, level-headed business plans. The aim is somewhat similiar to a Nigerian Scam: you make an offer that a smart businessman would decline, to catch the dumb businessman to give you money, because the smart businessman who isn't taken in by hype and fancy promises will soon start to ask difficult questions and demanding results.

Eikka
4 / 5 (1) Jan 12, 2017
And cars have lifespans on the order of a decade.


Two decades. 11 years is the middle age of a car in the US. Most people never buy a new car.

Wonder if they are even available.


The law states you have to provide spare parts and service for a car model until the warranty of the last unit sold expires. If they're still selling the same car then it's highly likely, but I'm not sure if the rule applies to accessories and software updates.

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