Faraday Future was one of those company’s last year that made a big impact and created curiosity because nobody quite knew who they were or what they were doing.
The FFZERO1 concept car last year on the show floor was cool to look at and Faraday Future had big aspirations on what it wanted to do by 2017.
Flash forward to CES 2017 and the company’s big reveal event. Does it live up to the hype?
A Recap of the Faraday Future Press Conference at CES 2017
The FF 91 car, Faraday Future’s production, made its debut at CES 2017 during a huge press event that had been publicized up for weeks. If you’ve only ever heard of Faraday Future because of its bad press the last few months, you’re not alone. The Las Vegas-based company stopped construction in November shifting the ship date of its production vehicles because of a variety of issues.
Faraday Future wanted to show the world it could live up to the hype from last year and during the event, they showed they have the imagination to do it. Comparing the FF 91 to Tesla models, the vehicle at one point hit 60 mph in 2.39 seconds.
This narrowly beats the Tesla Model S by 0.01 seconds. While Faraday Future featured videos going head-to-head with Tesla, nobody really knows what the FF 91 is capable of until we see these competitions in person.
When it comes to mileage, the FF 91 can allegedly reach 378 miles compared to the Tesla Model S which reaches 315 miles on a single charge.
One of the cooler parts of the presentation was video footage of its autonomous driving capabilities. Seeing the FF 91 park itself after finding its own parking spot was neat through the app. The car uses smart technology, such as facial recognition and will adapt to the driver and their preferences over time.
Overall, the FF 91 looks clean, sleek, and has the curves you’re used to when looking at a sedan.
To get a FF 91, consumers must register with Faraday Future and put down a hefty deposit ($5,000 now.) For the time being, there’s no price tag on what the FF 91 will cost consumers total. While Faraday Future is hoping to begin ship the FF 91 in 2017, time will tell if this is a pipe dream or not. So far, the company has been a lot of talk and not enough walk.
Whether Faraday Future can pull off this “new species” of the smart car is yet to be seen. It’s make or break for the company, and its future is certainly on the line.
The FF 91, along with what we saw at CES 2016, make for an interesting electric car race with Tesla if they can get the model into production and into the hands of consumers looking for an alternative to the empire Elon Musk has built.
Learn more about the Faraday Future FF 91 here.