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Look out Tesla, Faraday Future just launched a new super-fast electric car

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Day one of CES 2017 provided a load of new tech innovations and products, but Faraday Future's latest unveiling might be the most exciting yet.

The startup debuted a new self-driving electric car that it claims can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 2.39 seconds, which is quicker than the Tesla Model S's 2.5 seconds.

Faraday introduced the FF91 in a live demo, which saw the car drive itself around a car park and park in an empty space, though the on-stage self-parking demo didn't go quite as smoothly.

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Jia Yueting, executive of Chinese smartphone-maker LeEco, which has invested in Faraday, tried to demonstrate the self-parking technology for attendees at the conference but the vehicle failed to move. It later complied during a second attempt.

The car itself will be made available in 2018, and those looking to pre-order will need to put down a refundable deposit of $5,000 (£4,080) through Faraday's website.

Owners will, according to Faraday, be able to connect to the FF91 via a virtual "FFID" account, which will apparently

allow them to send data, such as route plans, from personal devices directly to the car.

Faraday executive Peter Savagian revealed on-stage that the car will be chargeable from a variety of electrical standards and, when driven at 55mph, its 130 kWh battery will provide a range of around 482 miles (775km).

In a release, the company explained the car as "a bold new breed of electric mobility that combines supercar performance, precise handling, the comfort of an ultra-luxury passenger vehicle, and a unique collection of intelligent internet features."

The FF 91 is also said to have the fastest charge speed currently available, at more than 500mph, with the ability to reach 50% to full charge in under 4.5 hours at 240V.

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Other features include facial recognition technology and "NASA-inspired zero gravity seats" which apparently offer "industry leading rear seat reclining position".

At last year's CES event, Faraday Future showed off a futuristic-looking concept car, which caused quite a stir but was criticised for not representing the company's actual consumer product ambitions.

Since then, the Gardena, California-based firm has experienced significant financial troubles, halting work on a large factory in Las Vegas in November.

The factory was intended to build a car for investor LeEco but Mr Jia reportedly wrote to LeEco's employees to explain his company's financial problems.

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Let us know what you make of Faraday's electric car in the comments.

Phil

January 4, 2017, 2:08 pm

"The FF 91 is also said to have the fastest charge speed currently available, at more than 500mph"... what?! Confused.

jimmy

January 4, 2017, 2:11 pm

me too!
I'm guessing it's based on the range and charge speed? 480 miles range on full charge and it must charge up fully in under an hour using a higher voltage charge method.
still, some explanation would be nice in the article!

PatchW

January 4, 2017, 4:17 pm

It still doesn't make any sense though, the maximum range of the car is 492miles, with the 50% to 100% time stated as taking 4.5 hours. 500mph would imply the car could completely charge in 60 minutes, which isn't matched by the rest of that sentence.

jimmy

January 4, 2017, 5:01 pm

but that was at 240v domestic. most EV use there own higher voltage chargers, so will be quicker.
as I said, I'm only guessing. wouldn't expect a proper detailed article on TR anyway these days

Phil

January 4, 2017, 5:22 pm

Was about to say the same as above but you're right, it'll probably use a 3 phase jobbie for full whack charging. It does make sense though but as mph is a standard measure of speed you'd expect they'd elaborate.

TR is so variable these days. Some decent stuff with real thought (although I'm sure if you supported brexit they'd slay you at office door) and a lot of awful press release tat.

iFrank

January 4, 2017, 11:02 pm

Seeing will be believing.
London to Edinburgh on a single charge, isn't that The Moon Shot?

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