Report – Faraday Future’s first series model coming at CES 2017 image

Tesla has been the absolute star of the electric segment for years, but the competition is heating up and it looks like Faraday Future – a Chinese-backed US startup – is looking to be the first to throw the gauntlet.

Faraday Future first revealed itself to the world this year at CES with a spectacular concept – the FFZero1 – but of course it’s not something you’ll see in actual series production. Instead, the first series production model from the startup that didn’t even exist two years ago will be a completely electric crossover that has been teased on multiple occasions. Faraday Future will thus hit Tesla with a Model X competitor while also trying to secure a footing in the incipient green SUV segment. The zero-emissions crossover should come with “extreme technology, industry leading range, and holistic design.”

It should also pack semi-autonomous driving abilities and will be developed on the company’s modular Variable Platform Architecture set to underpin all of its cars. Building the new model will be done at a completely new 900-acre factory in Nevada and the company has snatched talent from companies such as Tesla or Apple, as well as having Marco Mattiacci as the Global Brand Chief, a former Ferrari North America CEO. Reports talk about an all-wheel drive system at least as an option and about a 98 kWh battery good for 300 miles (482 kilometers) of range on a single charge.