Faraday Future Completes Assembly of its First Pre-Production FF91
【Summary】Troubled electric automaker Faraday Future (FF) appears to be making progress on its plans to deliver its first luxury electric vehicle. The company held an event today to celebrate the completion of the first pre-production model of its planned FF91 flagship.
Troubled electric automaker Faraday Future (FF) appears to be making progress on its plans to deliver its first luxury electric vehicle. The company held an event today to celebrate the completion of the first pre-production model of its planned FF91 flagship.
The news was confirmed from leaked internal email obtained by CNET from Faraday Future CEO Jia Yeuting to employees on Monday, congratulating them on the company's milestone. FF would not comment on the news, but did confirm the authenticity of the leaked email.
According to a congratulatory email sent on Monday from the "CEO Office" to the Faraday Future team, the first FF91 pre-production vehicle has been completed, and a ceremony was being held to mark the occasion on Tuesday.
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The email from CEO Jia Yueting reads:
"We did it! FF engineers validated the first fully-functioning FF 91 Pre-Production vehicle and worked around the clock to make this happen. We are now one step closer to disrupting the century year old automotive industry with the introduction of a 'New Species'."
FF is among a handful of Chinese startups looking to compete with Tesla in the luxury electric vehicle space. Others include SF Motors, Byton and Lucid Motors. All three companies have offices in Silicon Valley.
The FF91 electric vehicle is full-size luxury EV crossover and Faraday Future's first production vehicle and flagship model. According to the company, the FF91 can go from 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds while delivering a 378 mile-range.
The all-electric FF91 will also include self-driving technology. It's also equipped with over 30 smart sensors and a motion-enabled 3D LIDAR that enables valet parking, facial recognition, and other advanced technology.
The FF91 doesn't come cheap. The vehicle is targeted at luxury buyers. The FF 91 is expected to carry a starting price of nearly $300,000, which would put it in a different league than the Tesla Model X.
FF faces tough competition in the growing market for luxury electric vehicles. Established automakers are also rushing to compete with Tesla. Germany's Porsche announced its own all-electric Taycan sedan will be available at dealers in 2019.
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