Very close! Not all went well yesterday during the unveiling of the Faraday Future FF91. The big hit of the night was supposed to be a stunt where Jia Yueting would ride the car on stage, stop on the right side, get out, chat a bit with his FF friends, and let the “auto valet” function park the car autonomously in the center of the stage. Nice idea but it went horribly wrong when the car drove on stage.
Yesterday we saw the launch of the spectacular Faraday Future FF91, a concept-prototype of an electric SUV-MPV that will hit the market in 2018, if the company manages to build a factory, because they don’t have any just yet. Here is everything we know about the car so far:
Faraday Future has unveiled the ultra speedy FF91 Electric SUV at the CES in Las Vegas, during a spectacular show that took about an hour too long. Biggest surprise besides the car was the appearance of none other than Jia Yueting, whom we missed at the groundbreaking ceremony of his new factory in China.
Finally some good news for Faraday Future. The company released two teasers of what they say is their “production car”. It will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January in Las Vegas. The unveiling of of crucial importance for Faraday Future (FF). They need to attract new investment now that their main Chinese backer seems to be running out of cash.
The car is going to be an electric SUV set to compete with the Tesla Model X. The teaser shows the right shoulder seen from the rear. We see: a rear light units made up out of LED’s shaped in the FF logo, a winglet to the right of the rear window which is useless but will look cool if it can move up and down, the rear end of a roof rail with a red light in it, and a camera mirror.
Lucid Motors is another upstart with grandiose plans. It says it will start production of a Tesla-beating hyper sedan in 2018, in a brand new $700 million factory in Arizona. The company showed a development mule, which looks surprisingly ready, on an event in Los Angeles last month.
More trouble for Jia Yueting, the founder and CEO of LeEco, the main backer of Faraday Future (FF). Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz has been very blunt about the company in an interview last week with China Daily.
In the interview, which hasn’t been picked up by international media yet, Schwartz says, among other things, that “Jia doesn’t have any money.” Chinese media are talking about a “crisis of confidence”.
The LeSeeLeEco Tesla killer from China had its North American debut in San Francisco last night. It didn’t go without a hitch but eventually LeEco managed to get the new LeSee Pro on stage. Th LeSee Pro is an updated version of the LeSee concept that debuted in Beijing in April. The Pro has a slightly more realistic front, new wheels, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper with a diffuser.