Faraday Future claims customer deliveries of the FF 91 will start in December. Supposedly.
Remember the all-electric Faraday Future FF 91? Since the car’s infamous debut at CES in 2017, the startup company has faced numerous setbacks, from financial issues, lawsuits, and losing senior executives, to even failing to build a new factory in Nevada. However, thanks to a $2 billion investment from Hong Kong company Evergrande Health, the luxury EV is now one step closer to production, as the company has completed the first body-in-white for the FF 91.
Built at Faraday Future’s new production facility in California, it represents an important milestone for the company and potentially paves the way for the FF 91 to finally enter production this year. If everything goes according to plan, Faraday claims customer deliveries will start in December through to the middle of 2019.
“This is one of many big milestones ahead for FF as we enter the final stage in introducing ‘our new species’, the FF 91 flagship. In the truest FF spirit, our teams and global partners have gone above and beyond to get to this important phase ahead of schedule,” said YT Jia, Founder and Global CEO of Faraday Future.
Faraday says “several cutting-edge manufacturing technologies” have been used for the construction of the body-in white. It has more than 1,500 self-piercing rivets and utilizes “Flowform screw technology allowing an innovative uni-directional joining process not possible with conventional sheetmetal joining methods.”
No specifications have been released for the FF 91 yet, but auto journalist Bozi Tatarevic recently uncovered a VIN decoder document submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, suggesting that a production car could be built very soon. Jalopnik reports there will be five versions of FF 91 including a base model with two electric motors producing a combined output of 716 hp.
There will also be a range-topping model with three electric motors and a combined output of 1074 hp, which would match the specs the company promised when the car was revealed last year. At the time, the company claimed this will enable the FF 91 to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.39 seconds, which made it the world's fastest-accelerating electric car until the Tesla Roadster was unveiled.
While the document suggests there will only be two outputs, the FF 91 could be offered with three different battery packs. The 716 hp version will be offered with all three batteries, while the high-performance model will only be offered with the largest two. They could have a capacity of approximately 86.7 kWh, 108.3 kWh and 130 kWh according to Tatarevic.