Powering its Nevada plant with renewable energy and utilizing robotics are priorities for Faraday Future.
It was only last month that the California-based, Chinese-backed startup electric carmaker broke ground on its $1 billion manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas. Faraday Future sees clean technology innovations used at the plant as part of its market identity. It will “be the formative breeding ground for [its] vision for future mobility,” the company told Gizmag.
The company currently employs about 600 people with expertise in the automotive, technology, energy, aerospace, and design industries. The plant is expected to eventually house 4,500 workers under its roofs on the 900 acre facility.
“We are moving extremely quickly for a project of this size,” said Dag Reckhorn, vice president of global manufacturing. “Our aim is to complete a program that would normally take four years and do it in half the time, while still doing it right.”
It will be “futuristic looking,” made from steel, with large glass panels forming its façades and allowing light into the building. This has been designed for promoting a more open space and encouraging visitors to “see the latest in mobility manufacturing.”
Faraday doesn’t plan on gaining LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification for the building, but is committed to making sure it meets the highest environmental standards. The building will contain LED lighting and water-based paints to avoid using volatile organic compounds in the plant. The company will also be implementing environmentally-friendly construction practices, but hasn’t released details on that process.
The company’s most ambitious project will be to bring green energy to the plant. It’s still too early to see how much energy will be needed in the plant at full capacity, and the company is researching renewable energy sources including geothermal, wind, and solar power. Faraday is in talks with public utility Nevada Energy to choose its energy plan.
Just as Faraday is looking into a fully autonomous version of its FFZERO1 Concept car, robotics may play an important role in the plant. When you enter the building, you’ll be greeted by a robot who will provide information on the production status of their car, and then will guide visitors to the zone where the car is being assembled. Customers will also be able to interact with robots at the facility remotely, and can send them questions to ask staff about their car.
On a much larger level over the long term, robotic automation will be doing much of the plant assembly. Functions carried out by robots will include cover body assembly, powertrain and battery pack assembly, and final vehicle assembly. Some of the automated equipment to be used on-site will include laser measurement systems, vision systems, autonomous material delivery, aluminum-joining technologies, and coating technologies.