US: Faraday Future keen to test self-driving technology in Michigan image

The mysterious Chinese-backed electric maker applied for a self-driving license in Michigan, according to state officials.

Even if the California-based Faraday Future, supported by the Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, is still far away from delivering its promised revolutionary electric car, the start-up appears to have other bold targets as well. The director of the Michigan Department of Transportation told the Detroit News that Faraday Future has shown interest in applying for plates to test self-driving vehicles in the state since January and, by now, it has already submitted documentation for three manufacturer license plates. “The plates will be used to help test various FF-vehicle prototypes and features,” the company said in an emailed statement to the newspaper. “We cannot comment on the specifics of those tests at this time.”

Faraday Future has first come into the spotlight last year when it announced its intention to build a 1-billion-dollar plant in Nevada, for it to make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in January with the debut of its FF ZERO 1, a concept car with four electric motors that boost at least 1,000 horsepower and has a three second sprint from 0 to 60 mph.

The newly formed automaker broke ground on its electric factory in April, for which it received 335 million dollars in tax incentives and credits from the state of Nevada, based on promises that the facility would ultimately employ as many as 4,500 people.

Via The Detroit News