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.