On Tuesday night, Faraday Future finally held a huge event in Las Vegas ahead of CES tech show where it revealed its first production car, officially showed off the FF 91 with its few features.
The launch came ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which starts on Thursday. FF just unveiled the “new species” of cars it’s calling the FF 91. The car would feature a “driver-less” system. where the driver can leave the car, and order it to park itself.
Faraday used autonomous driving technology in its first car. This car is essentially benchmarks for the electric car industry. In Electric Cars, the performance of the car and its range are very important. Company Presented both of its parts and presentation it pitted the car are against the Tesla’s Model S and Model X.
The car finding a parking spot and parked itself. The car packs 30 sensors including cameras and Radar. By showing a video of Owners can send the car off to park itself and summon it through the smart phone application. The company also claims you’ll never have to worry about parking again.
“This intelligent entity is also a caring entity. It looks out for you, it protects you… You will grow to trust it.” Faraday Future director of self-driving Hong Bae said.
The FF 91, which the company says will go into production in 2018, would see Faraday Future compete with Tesla for the electric sports car market. Tesla’s troubles getting enough cars on the road are evidence enough that it’s a very, very hard industry.
According to Faraday Future, the car can go from 0-60 in 2.39 seconds. That’s faster than any other car built today. It showed a video of the car beating the Model S in a race, and while the company had each car hit full acceleration on stage, they did not go head-to-head. So we’ll basically have to go by the video for now, until we actually see the cars in person race each other in an independent setting. The car has a few extra flourishes like a dual antenna that allows a wifi hotspot, facial recognition that allows for key-less entry and 151 cubic feet of space internally.
On stage, the company tried to activate part of its self-driving parking technology, and it didn’t operate. To re-iterate, Faraday Future really needs this car to work beyond just a very big flashy event at CES.
“We’re gonna show the first of a new species.”
“Tomorrow is too important for us, and for humanity. We have to flip the automative industry on its head… independent of fossil fuels.”
“We’re ready to take that final decisive charge into the future… Faraday Future intends to lead that charge.”
“There are companies that have shown great electric vehicles… but while these companies inspire us what they are doing is a slight progression of where we’ve been before.” Faraday Future of engineering Nick Sampson Said.
Based on what FF presented tonight, FF91’s battery has a 130-kilowatt-hour capacity with 378 miles of range. The Model S has a range of 315 miles. It’s 1,050 horsepower engine is “insane” and the car goes further at a constant 55 miles per hour. FF 91 has the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour. Car can go from 0-60 in 2.39 seconds, which is faster than speedy rivals like the Tesla Model X, Propulsion engineering Peter Savagean said on stage.
Batteries will be provided by LG Chem, the same company that worked with General Motors to develop the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s capacious battery pack. The scalable modular battery platform should allow Faraday Future to produce different sized vehicles.
The car has four-door sedan, with wrap around tinted glass on the doors and roof, a check-pattern along the base, and lots of curves and clean lines. The car’s door will open itself, if the person requesting entry has an FF ID on his or her smart phone. The FF 91 will unlock itself by recognizing the driver’s face. This is part of FF’s promise to produce the most connected car on the market.
There are a full suite of self-driving sensors: 10 front and rear-facing cameras, 13 long and short-distance radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a high defined 3D-LIDAR sensor.
Two “aerodynamic antennas”, which will enable the car to essentially act as a big wireless router. A “virtual ecosystem.” Sampson called it a “new species” of vehicle. A glowing uniform headlight graces the front like a Ceylon from Battle-star Galactica. A LIDAR sensor is embedded in the hood rather than the roof, like most other self-driving cars. The interior of the car wasn’t show off either, making it clear the car is still not production-ready.
But, Faraday Future executives not to answering any questions about financial viability. Faraday Future has a car, but it’s unclear whether anyone will ever get to own one.
Interested buyers to get their hands on the car should register on FF.com, and put down a $5,000 refundable deposit. And Deliveries will begin in 2018, Nick Sampson, the company’s vice president for engineering and public face, said.
“I can say now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, despite all the naysayers and skeptics, we will carry on,” he said, “and make the impossible possible.” At the end of Tuesday’s event, Sampson said.
A former FF executive had a different take. “I’m sure it will come off slick with oooohhhss and aaaahhhhsss,” the executive told, “but it’s smoke and mirrors.”
“We estimate around one in 10 vehicles will be electric or hybrid by 2020, at around 8 million vehicles,” said Simon Bryant at analysts Future source.