Electric vehicle company Faraday Future is going ahead with plans to construct a plant, but is reeling in some of its goals to something more manageable. Faraday Future had previously outlined plans to construct a massive $1 billion, 3 million square-foot, factory in Las Vegas, however it bailed on the idea after becoming $21 million behind in construction payments. Now according to a North Las Vegas city manager, the automaker has decided to instead build a smaller 650,000 sq.-ft. mini-plant on the site and slowly expand the facility as necessary.
Construction on the new mini-plant is expected to be completed in August of this year. Vice President of global manufacturing for Faraday Future, Dag Reckhorn, told Las Vegas Now that he expects cars to begin rolling off the production line “sometime in 2018.” Las Vegas city planners aren’t placing any bets on Faraday seeing the project through to the end, with city officials said to be taking a “wait and see” approach with its completion.
Faraday Future debuted its first-ever production car, the 2018 FF 91, at CES 2017 earlier this year. The vehicle is looking to dethrone Tesla and other major players in the electric car market and features a 130-kWh battery pack (the largest EV battery on a production car) that provides a class-leading range of up to 378 miles. Multiple electric motors deliver a combined 1,050 horsepower, which enables a claimed 0-60 mph sprint of 2.5 seconds.
[Source: Las Vegas Now]