Faraday Says its BEV Production has Begun

BEV start-up Faraday Future says it has begun production of its long-awaited first luxury car, the FF 91 Futurist, at its California factory.

The news will give BEV zealots some relief coming as it does just five months after the company had raised doubts about its ability to continue as a “going concern” threatening deliveries of the vehicle, reports Reuters. Delivery of the sports utility vehicle was originally scheduled to start in late-2022.

The FF 91 Futurist is expected to be first offered in both the US and China markets, with initial 2023 sales to begin in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Shanghai and Beijing, the company said. Deliveries in the US are now expected to begin at the end of April 2023, a company spokesperson said but no details have yet been given as to who will be the first customers.

The company has said the latest generation of its car had longer range and better acceleration than rivals such as Tesla’s Model X, Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach S and Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan. Faraday founder YT Jia said in a statement: “This shows that FF has entered a new phase under the governance and operation of the new board and management.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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