Earlier this year at CES, mysterious startup Faraday Future unveiled a downright unbelievable Batmobile-like concept car that brought all the automotive aficionados to the yard. But the company doesn’t even have a manufacturing plant, yet. That could change in as little as two years, as fast-moving FF broke ground this week on the massive $1 billion factory they have been talking about for months.
Faraday Future livestreamed its groundbreaking ceremony (beginning at 32:56 in the video above) at the factory site north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The company, which is less than two years old, chose the location in part due to enormous financial incentives offered by the state, which won out over California in the carmaker’s search. Faraday has managed to secure 900 acres of land to build its sprawling three-million-square-foot (yep, that’s three and six zeroes) facility. Ten years from now, Faraday is committing to employing 4,500 full-time workers at that location.
Although Faraday Future has often been described as a competitor for Tesla, the ‘other’ maker of luxury electric cars, that remains to be seen. The company does aim to make high-end electric cars, but FF hasn’t released any designs for cars they actually intend to build. The FFZero1, unveiled at CES, was just a teaser intended to excite and amaze, but there are no concrete plans to manufacture the Hollywood-inspired sports car.
FF’s new factory will be a sustainable, energy efficient building, relying primarily on rooftop solar panels for the enormous amounts of electricity needed to build whatever kind of car the company decides. Ironically, the factory site is not all that far from Tesla’s enormous Gigafactory, which is still under construction and will someday be the home for battery manufacturing for Tesla’s cars and home battery systems.
Via Clean Technica
Images via Faraday Future