Faraday Future is targeting ultra-luxury automakers like Rolls-Royce and Bentley with its high-end EV.
It's been six long years since Californian startup Faraday Future revealed its high-performance EV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and now the company has confirmed that the FF 91 Futurist has finally started production.
To say that it as been a long, tumultuous road for the automaker is an understatement, including numerous delays, financial troubles, and the misleading of investors by some of its employees. Hopefully, the start of production at its factory in Hanford, California, means the company's troubles are behind it, and that we can finally focus on the many attributes of the FF 91. This is, after all, a tri-motor EV with 1,050 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 2.27 seconds.
The FF 91 is being positioned as a flagship model and will be sold in both the USA and China. With production finally getting underway, the company intends to host a final launch event on April 26.
The start of production pertains specifically to the FF 91 Futurist Alliance, a range-topping model that is limited to 300 examples globally. It comes with exclusive 22-inch Aero wheels and only two paint colors.
"I want to thank each and every valued stakeholder to FF, including our employees, supportive investors, suppliers and all of our partners that have traveled alongside us on this long road of perseverance, leading to where we all stand today here in Hanford," said Global CEO of Faraday Future, Xuefeng Chen. "I can't express how excited I am to finally see the culmination of many years of hard work, all focused on our one goal, bringing the Ultimate Intelligent TechLuxury FF 91 Futurist Alliance to market."
Along with its blistering acceleration, the FF 91 Futurist also has an EPA-certified range of 381 miles on a full charge. The ultra-luxurious interior features rear seats that can recline fully, along with a fully digital dashboard. Plenty of high-end materials are in evidence, and the second row includes a 27-inch cinema screen that folds down from the roof, much like the one in the BMW 7 Series and i7.
The company boldly sees the vehicle as a disruptor among ultra-luxury brands like Bentley, Ferrari, and Maybach. Whether customers will be ready to trade in their Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUVs for an FF 91 Futurist remains to be seen, but those who are interested will have to part with around $180,000.
The FF ieFactory California where the new EV is being built measures 1.1 million square feet and uses "leading-edge automation to rival the top luxury automakers in the world." As with Tesla, FF will offer a direct sales model whereby customers can conveniently place their orders online. However, there will be showrooms and experience centers where customers can get more closely acquainted with the company's vehicles, too.
This year, US sales will first start in the Los Angeles metro region, before expanding to the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.
Deliveries of the FF 91 will begin in April.
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