Electric carmaker Faraday Future unveiled its first production car, the FF 91, Tuesday night to a crowd of Consumer Electronics Show attendees. Sleek and luxurious, the crossover looks like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi flick, with the technology to match.
The vehicle, which is expected to ship in 2018, boasts self-driving and self-parking functionality along with artificial intelligence features that learn about its operator the more it’s driven, to then adjust its comfort and performance accordingly. The FF 91 has no door handles, key or mirrors. Instead, it uses facial recognition software to identify the driver, and includes high-definition displays and cameras to give drivers a wider view than mirrors would. It also flaunts seamless connectivity with mobile devices and apps, including messaging, navigation and streaming.
On the performance end, it claims to be the fastest electric vehicle, zooming from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.39 seconds with 1,050 horespower. Though no official price was given—advance reservations are being taken for $5,000—insiders estimate the FF 91 will retail around $180,000, according to Reuters.
If Faraday Future can truly deliver the FF 91 as shown Tuesday, it could dethrone Tesla as the king of electric vehicles. Its success will also be much-needed for the company.
The startup, which made its debut at last year’s CES, has faced criticism from industry insiders and, in November, paused construction of its $1 billion plant in North Las Vegas due to missed payments. The plant promised to reinvigorate Southern Nevada, creating thousands of jobs and spurring an economic growth of $85 billion within 20 years. Despite its recent problems, Tuesday night’s preview provided a little hope—for the company and for Nevada.
Explore Faraday Future’s FF 91. Photos by Tomo Muscionico.