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CES 2017: Faraday Future Reveals the FF 91
This mobility re-imagined is a car that is an intelligent entity that must drive and park itself; load your emails; play your movies; adjust the temperature; recognize the owner and open the car’s doors automatically.
Despite all the media skepticism and negativity around the viability of Faraday Future, along with the recent resignation of their global CEO Ding Lei, the Faraday team is here fast and furious at CES 2017 Las Vegas and are betting on a public relations turnaround.
They did exactly what they came out to achieve. Faraday Future announced the fastest consumer-ready production car, the FF 91, at their exclusive reveal event to kick off their presence at CES. Last year, Faraday Future showed their concept car with the promise they have the technology and capability to build a consumer-ready, game-changing mobile platform.
Reformatting The Auto Industry
Nick Sampson, senior vice-president of R&D and Engineering kicked off the evening with the Faraday Future mission statement. They are on a mission to “reformat the auto industry” with technology, design, connectivity and mobility. Sampson aspires to redefine the industry with a consumer experience in mind, and they are well on their way. With only 2.5 years of research and development under the hood, Faraday Future already has filed 1,950 patents and employ more than 1,400 employees globally.
Mobility as an Ecosystem
Reconstructing the auto industry is not going to be easy. Faraday Future believes that they must rethink the auto industry at every possible turn. This mobility re-imagined is a car that is an intelligent entity that must drive and park itself; load your emails; play your movies; adjust the temperature; recognize the owner and open the car’s doors automatically. To achieve this, Faraday Future intends to make significant advancements in the areas of computers, artificial intelligence, communication and the Internet. To start, every customer will need an FFID, an identifier for all FF 91 customers that will automatically login and connect to all the features the car has to offer.
FF 91 Performance
Things got very exciting when the Faraday team moved from a theoretical presentation to a live demo. Attendees of the event were bussed to a remote location to view the presentation inside an airplane hangar. With a film crew outside, the FF 91 drove up to the full parking lot outside the event venue. The driver got out and pushed the valet button on a display on the door pillar. The car drove around the parking lot until it found an empty space and perfectly backed into the spot.
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The FF 91 is built to be a Tesla killer. They raced FF 91 against Tesla and won. They even conducted a live demonstration of how fast the FF 91 launched from zero inside the airplane hangar venue. Here are some detailed performance specs of the FF 91.
– Peak motor power is 783 kW which equates to an astonishing 1,050 horsepower
– It delivers a 0-60 mph time of 2.39 seconds. This is faster than a Tesla in ludicrous mode.
– The battery has the fastest home charge speed available; it can charge to 50 per cent in under 4.5 hours.
– The battery has a range of over 700 kilometres – that’s a drive from Toronto to Sarnia and back.
You can reserve your FF 91 now with a $5000 USD refundable deposit. However, the final price has not been announced. With the reservation, you get your FFID assigned to you right away. They expect to ship the FF 91 in 2018.
How will Canadians receive this? Would you buy one? A recent study by Kanetix.ca has revealed that 26 per cent of Canadians can’t wait for the driverless vehicle to arrive. And, 59 per cent would purchase a car with self-driving or driver assist capability because it would be safer and possibly reduce their car insurance. So, if the technology delivers as promised with an affordable price, expect the FF 91 to be well received in Canada.