That's more than a Tesla Model X.
The saga of California-based EV startup Faraday Future is fraught with controversy, but the company is finally on the verge of getting its FF 91 luxury SUV to the market. A "production-intent" model recently rolled off the assembly line, meaning customers may finally get their hands on this long-delayed EV. The interior looks especially impressive with a massive 27-inch entertainment screen, and now Faraday Future has another attribute it can brag about to potential buyers and investors.
The FF 91 just received an official range rating of 381 miles from the US Environmental Protection Agency, beating out Faraday Future's initial estimates. To put that range into perspective, the Tesla Model X can only manage 351 miles in its most frugal five-seat configuration with the 20-inch Cyberstream wheels.
"The confirmation of our 381 miles of range by the EPA is truly exciting news for FF and validates what we know about the FF 91: the segment leading FF 91 will be the first high-end, high-performance, luxury, intelligent EV and will reset customer expectations for both driver and passenger experience," said Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, Global CEO of Faraday Future.
"Our integrated propulsion system with a lithium-ion battery pack efficiently converts battery energy to power the vehicle and effectively recovers and reuses brake energy to optimize and extend range. FF's segment leading engineering provides a significant step forward in electric vehicle technology, providing a tremendous increase in EV range," he added.
Though Faraday is quick to tout the FF 91's impressive range, the number is slightly less impressive when you consider the car uses a 130-kWh battery pack that's 30% larger than the one Tesla uses in the Model X. An additional 30 miles (8.5%) of range with an extra 30 kWh sounds less impressive than it does on the surface. In Faraday's defense, the FF 91 Futurist more closely rivals the Model X Plaid, which can only manage 333 miles.
It comes with three electric motors that combine to generate 1,050 horsepower and 1,328 lb-ft of torque, yielding a 0-60 mph time of just 2.39 seconds. The mighty Plaid takes 2.5 seconds by comparison.
"Completing this certification by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a huge step in getting this car in the hands of our users, and I couldn't be more proud of our team. We are excited by these outstanding range results, which speak to the quality of our design and product execution," Breitfeld added.
That being said, the company still requires more cash funds before it can start getting the FF 91 into customer hands. Pricing information is currently unknown, but we expect it to land somewhere below $200,000 for the top variant and around $120,000 for the base model.