A clearer picture of Faraday Future is beginning to form.
The prospective electric carmaker, which prefers to be called FF, is beginning to fill in the question marks surrounding its leadership and plans. FF announced over the summer that it was building a battery electric car, but its sparse website and rare interviews revealed very little, including who was leading the company.
This week, FF announced that it will be spending $1 billion on a “state-of-the-art facility” to build its all-electric cars.
“We are very excited to make our $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing – and this is just phase one … Producing our forward-looking and fully-connected electric vehicles not only requires the latest technology, but the right community partner,” said FF senior vice president Nick Sampson.
A location has yet to be set for the location of this new facility. FF is based out of Gardena, Calif., but has been “actively talking” to officials in California, Nevada, Georgia and Louisiana to negotiate an arrangement. Sampson commentted that funding for the factory “is going to come from a different number of sources,” and hopes to announce the final location in the next few weeks.
Sampson also noted that FF is still on-track to launch its first vehicle in 2017, adding that the company has already begun ordering components.
“We will launch in 2017 with fully-electric vehicles that will offer smart and seamless connectivity to the outside world,” said FF. “Beyond traditional electric vehicles, we are also developing other aspects of the automotive and technology industries, including unique ownership models, in-vehicle content and autonomous driving.”
The number of employees have doubled since July – now adding up to more than 400 – and FF expects to grow its team to 500 by the end of the year. Further details on the company’s leaders have also been revealed. In addition to Sampson, who previously was the director of vehicle and chassis engineering for Tesla Motors, the FF roster includes:
- Dag Reckhorn, Vice President of Global Manufacturing (Former Director of Manufacturing, Tesla Model S)
- Alan Cherry, Vice President of Human Resources (Former Senior Director, Human Resources, Tesla Motors)
- Tom Wessner, Vice President of Supply Chain (Former Director of Purchasing, Tesla Motors)
- Richard Kim, Head of Design (Founding member of BMW i Design and Lead Designer, i3 and i8 concepts)