Startup Faraday Future breaks ground for EV factory

April 18, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Faraday Future (FF), a Chinese-backed and hitherto rather mysterious EV startup, has provided first glimpses to its intentions and capabilities. The company hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for its manufacturing facility at Apex Industrial Park in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA).

The $1 billion, 3 million square foot (280.000 square meters) development will create approximately 4,500 direct jobs over a 10-year period. The facility in North Las Vegas will be used to manufacture electric, technologically advanced vehicles. According to FF, it will be expansive in size and hire in roles such as manufacturing, engineering, communications and administrative.

Claiming to adhere to high environmental standards, FF says the materials for the facility structure would include the use of glass, steel, LED lighting and water-based paints. The company will harvest a combination of wind, solar and geo-thermal energies over time together with its local energy provider to help meet its clean energy goals.

FF also said it intends to use the latest in advanced manufacturing equipment in the production of its vehicles which will include high levels of robotic automation, advance laser measurement systems, vision systems, autonomous material delivery, cutting edge aluminum joining technologies and advance coating technologies. The factory operations will cover body assembly, paint operations, powertrain & battery pack assembly and final vehicle assembly. However, no details as to the planned production volume were provided. Market watchers have expressed skepticism regarding the company’s ability to manufacture vehicles in high quantities.