In an exclusive one-on-one deep-dive interview with Futurride, Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, Faraday Future’s Global CEO, discusses his team’s plans for boosting the early new mobility innovator from startup to production and 2022 market launch of its first vehicle, the FF 91.
After taking a breather, one of the original new-mobility companies, Faraday Future (FF), is back on the move. Founded in May 2014 by visionary YT Jia, the company introduced itself to the world at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas with the FF ZERO1. That dream-car concept previewed design elements for a “fully developed” electric vehicle (EV) beta prototype revealed in August 2016. A lot of fanfare followed with the 2017 CES reveal of its first “production” car, the FF 91 EV. Soon after, the company’s progress to market launch slowed to a crawl.
However, last week the California-based company announced its global manufacturing strategy for its “class-defining” FF 91. If all goes according to plan, FF’s flagship EV will hit the market in 2022, featuring a 1050-hp (783-kW) three-motor powertrain for 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration in less than 2.4 s. The company promises “a revolutionary user experience” for the car, designed to create a mobile, connected, and luxurious third Internet living space.
Primary manufacturing of the FF 91 will take place at the company’s refurbished 1.1 million-ft² facility in Hanford, CA, which has a production capacity of about 10,000 vehicles per year. It is expected to be ready to begin production within 12 months of the closing of FF’s merger with the