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Oct 28, 2016

Faraday Future gives us our first look at its electric SUV

Jonathan M. Gitlin
Richard Kim, Faraday Future global design director, left, poses for a photo with Ding Lei, co-founder, global vice chairman, managing director, SEE Pland, Letv, second left, and Nick Sampson, VP of R&D and Engineering at FFZERO1 pre-CES reveal event in Las Vegas on Monday, January 4, 2016. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ AP Images for Faraday Future)
Back in January at CES, we got our first introduction to Faraday Future. It's an electric vehicle manufacturer that aims to take on Tesla (as well as the rest of the auto industry) with a family of long-range EVs built on a common platform. The LA-based startup—backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting—met with a slightly underwhelming response at CES when the company showed us a concept EV hypercar, but now we've had our first glimpse of its first consumer product, seen being tested on track.
As is usual in the case of pre-production vehicles, the EV is heavily disguised, so we can't infer too much about the styling, but the company told Ars we can expect to see more leading up to an official reveal at CES in January 2017.
The company also joined forces with Dragon Racing in Formula E this season, and one of its drivers (Jerome D'Ambrosio) finished seventh in the opening round of the championship earlier this month. For this season, Faraday Future will help Dragon Racing with software development for the team's race cars, but next season we expect the cars to run with Faraday Future's motor/generator units and inverters as well. Several companies with EV R&D programs are now represented in the racing series, using it as a testbed for their technology.
However, there have been recent reports of troubles with the company's ambitious plans for a Nevada factory. Autoweek reported that AECOM, the construction company working on the plant, warned Faraday Future about a potential work stoppage due to unpaid bills. The two companies then issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to get the Nevada factory built. Faraday Future is also planning a second facility in Vallejo, California.

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