First Faraday Future Prototype Vehice Caught Undergoing Tests In Los Angeles

Aug 26, 2016 06:43 AM EDT | Sovan Mandal

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The first Faraday Future prototype vehicle that is meant for mass production has finally been seen undergoing tests in Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, the vehicle, which seems more of an SUV, was seen sporting heavy camouflage so that the likely design of the vehicle is anybody's guess right now.

Interestingly, the person who first picked up the test mule, Everette Taylor wasn't sure of the vehicle's identity. It took Electrek some amount of cross-examination with inputs from its sources to later confirm the prototype is indeed being manned by Faraday Future guys. 

The site had reported earlier of the company's plans to launch a large luxury crossover in the market that would be priced upward of $100,000. The company had also revealed a sketch of what would be its first vehicle, the proportions of which does match up with the actual prototype seen on the streets of LA.

So far, the California based start-up had only revealed a prototype of a hyper car at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year. However, that was never meant for production. The company has also been fiercely secretive of its plans and operations though it managed to remain in news for various reasons.

For instance, it was only recently that it staged a coup of sorts when the head of Apple's EV project jumped ship to join the start-up. Similarly, it has been poaching the best talents from other companies as well which includes GM's electric propulsion expert and an ex-EV1 project lead. The company also revealed it has already started creating facilities worth $1 billion in North Las Vegas that would eventually churn out its electric vehicles.

Faraday Future however has been testing its hardware and software innovations for quite some time now though underneath the skin of other cars. For instance, it was earlier found testing its Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) program using a Lincoln MKZ as the test mule. It was in June that the company had sought permission to begin testing its self-driving technology, Business Insider reported. This happens to be the first time it has begun testing on its own prototype vehicles.

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