One piece of electronics that certainly caused a big stir at CES 2017 in Las Vegas wasn’t a device but rather a vehicle, an electronic vehicle or “EV” to be more precise. Faraday Future, the start-up tech company that focuses on developing intelligent EVs appeared to be very proud of their product, the FF 91.
Bouncing back from what CNET called a “disastrous” 2016 when the Gardena, California, based company had unveiled an EV that wasn’t even functional, let alone the production vehicle the consumer market was expecting, they have made a complete turnaround with the FF 91. While Faraday Future has been reluctant to fully disclose all the specifics of its new product, they have said 12 prototypes of the FF 91 have been produced so far.
The EV comes with 1,050 horsepower under its hood and is an all-wheel-drive vehicle that can go from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 2.39 seconds. Critics who would love to compare this to, arguably, the world’s leader in EVs, the Tesla Model S P100D, and grudgingly note that it is faster than the latter’s 2.5 seconds. The FF 91 has been promised to deliver a range of 378 miles and has the ability to charge at a breakneck speed of 500 mph.
Forbes reports that the cross-over styled car combines supercar performance with an ultra-luxury ride and added comfort. Bundled in the package are its advanced web-enabled entertainment systems. For anyone lucky enough to get in the passenger seats and its autonomous driving technology that allows the vehicle to park itself even if it were to find itself in a crowded parking lot. CES visitors were invited to witness this parking capability as well as the FF 91’s acceleration, which was compared to top-of-the-line competing vehicles from the likes of Bentley, Ferrari, and Tesla.
Faraday Future‘s official website already offers visitors, and those that wish to own their futuristic EV the option to reserve one with an initial deposit of just $5,000. And, although it isn’t official yet, it is expected the final bill will come to a decent $180,000 upon delivery. But there’s a hitch, future owners must be from the U.S., Canada, and China, for the time being at least.
For now, Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s senior vice president of engineering and R&D (also an ex-Tesla engineer, no less), has no doubts their EV will go on to dominate the market. He said, “The FF 91 will usher in a new age of connected vehicles.”
By Liku Zelleke
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