Tesla and its Model X will soon have to face new competition coming from a Chinese-backed American startup.
Faraday Future made a big splash at this year’s CES with its Batmobile-like FFZERO1, a concept too extravagant to ever go into production, but just the right way to grab everyone’s attention about the new EV player. The first road-going model from the company founded just two years ago will be a full-electric crossover, which has already been teased and caught on camera multiple times.
Confirmed details about Faraday Future’s Model X fighter are scarce at the moment, but someone from the marketing team has sent us an e-mail announcing the zero-emissions crossover will combine “extreme technology, industry leading range, and holistic design.” It will also offer semi-autonomous driving capabilities and will ride on the company’s modular Variable Platform Architecture set to underpin all FF cars.
Production of the model will take place at a brand new 900-acre factory in Nevada where approximately 4,500 jobs will be created in and around the plant. In order to ensure a smooth development process, FF has already hired people from Apple and Tesla, while Global Brand Chief is former Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci.
As far as the design is concerned, the heavy camouflage applied onto the prototypes can’t hide the sloped roofline and the low greenhouse, while at the back there’s a steeply raked hatch. It seems to be quite large with Model X-like proportions and what appears to be a bold design, but obviously not as flamboyant as the aforementioned concept.
An all-wheel drive layout will likely be available at least as an option, while the base versions should come with either a front- or rear-wheel drive arrangement. The battery pack, which will be mounted underneath the floor, is said to have a capacity of 98 kWh and provide enough energy for at least 300 miles (482 kilometers) of range on a single charge.
With CES 2017 scheduled for January, we won’t have to wait too long to see the electric crossover in production guise and learn about its specs.
Source: Faraday Future