Faraday Future Set To Launch First Prototype At CES 2017

Oct 20, 2016 08:32 AM EDT | Sovan Mandal


We have had several sighting of Faraday Future's first EV though those have all been prototypes with the usual cladding hiding the real thing.

Fortunately for us, we won't have to wait too long for the final production version to emerge given that a formal debut at the upcoming CES event has already been confirmed by the company via a tweet message, Engadget revealed.

Confirmation to this effect has also come from the CEO of LeEco, Jia Yueting. The Chinese company happens to be the biggest backers of Faraday Future. LeEco is also in the process of developing its own electric sedan with technology sourced from Faraday Future.

Meanwhile, apart from an all-electric powertrain, Faraday Future is also known to have invested heavily in the development of autonomous technology. The prototypes seen so far comes equipped with a lidar sensor as well, Electrek reported. That is not all as the company is also known to have hired an ex-mapping expert from Apple, which points to it developing its own mapping system, a key element of autonomous driving.

As for the vehicle itself, all the prototypes seen so far seems to be that of an SUV or a crossover, with the Model X as its likely competitor. However, the Faraday Future EV could be an even more premium product, which means it would be priced higher than that of the Model X. However, as the Electrek report also mentioned, different ownership models could be under consideration to make it affordable to a wider spectrum of buyers.

Interestingly, all prototypes seen so far have been found to carry camouflage paint on the wheels as well, something that makes us wonder if there is something innovative there as well. Not surprisingly, Faraday Future has been fiercely secretive about their first EV and has managed to keep a lid on everything pertaining to the car.

However, we do know LG Chem would be supplying the batteries the EV will run on though there is no info what its range will be like. Meanwhile, though mere speculation but chances are that the pre-ordering process would also start during the CES unveiling.

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