After many twists and turns regarding the launch of its first electric SUV, the FF91, it seems that Faraday Future is finally seeing the end of the tunnel.
To arrive at ? Won’t happen? The Faraday Future saga seems to have taken a rather positive turn with the receipt (finally!) of the certification data calculated by the EPA standard, the American measurement cycle equivalent to WLTP in Europe.
And good news for Faraday Future, the FF91, its first 100% electric SUV, is given for a range of 381 milesis around 613 km with a single charge. That’s more than the Tesla Model Y Performance which is advertised at 303 miles (488 km) in the USA on the same EPA cycle.
A brightening horizon?
Good news for Faraday Future, which has recently been postponing the launch of its model for lack of liquidity. Although no production start date has been officially announced by the manufacturer, production should start soon on the California side.
“Fundraising is underway, and we hope to deliver the FF91 to customers in the third or fourth quarter,” said Carsten Breifeld, president of the start-up, a few weeks ago.
“We made encouraging progress during the second quarter at our renamed FF ieFactory California HQ. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are in place. Hardware installation and construction in the final vehicle manufacturing areas are nearing completion. »
Between death threats and announced bankruptcy
The launch was chaotic to say the least, the manufacturer even having to detail in a press release the problems encountered to raise a sufficient budget to start production of its model.
Faraday Future announced “deplore misinformation around the project and its executives”, executives who would have received death threats in particular. These threats would have followed rumours: some of them planned a voluntary bankruptcy of the start-up. The FBI would even have taken over the case to shed light on several gray areas.
“Unfortunately, fundraising efforts have been impacted by a misinformation campaign and baseless allegations that some directors are plotting to cause unnecessary bankruptcy for their personal gain. Lawsuit threats escalated to threats of physical violence and even death. »
And for Europe?
To come back to the car, the FF91 is an electric “super-SUV” with impressive power, since the manufacturer announces up to 1,050 horsepower. Its architecture is based on the VPA platform (Variable Platform Architecture) presented by the manufacturer in early 2016 on the FFZero1 concept car. Faraday Future announces a 0 to 100 km / h shot 2.39 seconds.
Faraday Future offers a battery (LG) of 130 kWh, then implying a gargantuan consumption given the autonomy figures. For the time being, the manufacturer does not indicate whether several versions of batteries will be offered. The FF91 is based on an 800 volt architecture, which suggests the use of chargers going to powers beyond 150 kW.
Reservations for FF91 are open for China, USA and Canada. The manufacturer has not indicated whether it will market its SUV in Europe. The prices are not yet known, but some rumors suggest a price of between 150,000 and 200,000 dollars, much higher than an SUV from Tesla.
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