Faraday Future teases electric car ahead of 2017 CES debut
Faraday Future has given us our best look yet at its first production model, which was recently confirmed for a debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. The Chinese-backed electric car startup on Thursday released a teaser video that shows the car running silently at what appears to be California’s Willow Springs Raceway.
The car looks to feature a hatch-like design with a form factor similar to the Toyota Prius. It will ride on the now standard “skateboard” platform for electric cars, where the batteries are stored in the floor and an electric motor is mounted at one or both axles.
Faraday Future previewed its platform, dubbed the VPA, at the 2016 CES in the 1,000-horsepower FFZERO1 electric supercar concept. To power its electric cars, Faraday Future will rely on batteries developed in partnership with LG Chem.
The teaser comes just days after it emerged that Faraday Future was behind in payments to the construction firm responsible for building its $1 billion plant in Nevada. According to Automotive News (subscription required), construction firm AECOM sent Faraday Future a letter referencing some $58.1 million in unpaid bills and a warning that it may have to suspend work on the plant.
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