The first electric car from Future Faraday debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas under the name FF 91, the number to be read as "nine one". This model from the company founded in 2014 in Gardena, California, is a premium class sedan with a futuristic and aerodynamic design and the dimensions in the US-style which is 525 cm long, 228 wide and 160 high.
It has long wheelbase (320 cm) with independent doors and automatic opening and equipped with sensors that adjust the opening according to the available space to prevent the doors from touching other vehicles or obstacles. Another feature concerns the keyless access through a facial recognition camera that identifies the owner or other regular passengers registered by opening its door, starting the engine and welcoming with a sequence of illumination of different lights for each person.
The ignition of the headlights is also adopted to provide other information, such as the state of charge or to inform pedestrians and other road users that the vehicle is proceeding with hands free driving. The interior of the Faraday Future FF91 is large and luxurious. It is equipped with ergonomic seats, rear support legs and a program for massage. The roof is panoramic and like the rear window and side windows, contains PDLC (polymer dispersed liquid crystal) to allow lights or obscuring them at the touch.
The "nine one" has high internet capabilities and is in constant communication with the smartphone owner and passengers can customize the trip. You can, for example, adjust the seat and the desired massage, the temperature and the smell or to hear and see music and movies, all by monitoring the path information carried including expected arrival time. Adjustments can also be automatically made thanks to the presence of internal cameras with facial recognition that activate the preferences of individual passengers with their entry.
The Faraday Future FF91 is equipped with 10 external cameras, 13 radars, 12 ultrasound sensors and a lidar (remote sensing via laser) 3D high definition. A series of exploitable devices for autonomous driving or self parking, ie for research and the stand independently. You can be programmed as well the arrival of the car at the place and at the time prescribed. The FF 91 is also devoid of the classic exterior mirrors were replaced by cameras that, in combination with those in the rear, enter on the high definition display on the dashboard overall unique image of the rear view, virtually eliminating blind spots.
The Faraday Future FF 91 is made on the Variable Platform Architecture, a modular platform with integrated batteries in the floor designed to be adapted to different types of cars. The structure consists of electric motors with a total output of 783 kW (1,050 hp) capable of accelerating the "nine one" 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 2.39 ". The traction is integral with torque distributed electronically steering and that also acts on the rear wheels for the road holding and facilitate the maneuvers.
Accumulators developed in partnership with LG Chem have a capacity of 130 kWh enough to travel 378 miles (600 km) according to US standards, 700 km to the European ones. The charging may take place in slow mode (15 kW power) that allows to reach 50% of the "full" or 4.5 hours with a fast system to 200 kW direct current.
The Faraday Future FF 91 can already be ordered by paying a deposit of $ 5,000 to buy one of the first 300 models. The deposit is refundable in any case given that the price has not been disclosed. We only know that the first FF 91 will be auctioned during a gala in March and that the amount will be donated to an environmental fund, the one to which Faraday will donate a percentage of the purchase price of each vehicle to facilitate interventions in favor of nature.
The goal of the American manufacturer is to start production in 2018, but some doubts remain about the financial health of the company and on building the plant in Nevada, which is still in its infancy.