Guide to Faraday Future EVs: Models, Cost, Availability, and Range
This struggling brand is still hoping to be part of the electric revolution.
By Roberto Baldwin Aug 4, 2022
What Is Faraday Future?
EV startup Faraday Future has weathered an almost nonstop series of hurdles since its founding in 2014. The troubled automaker has run low on cash, announced and then canceled a factory in Nevada, cut employee salaries by 20%, laid off hundreds of people, conducted an internal investigation into executive fraud—demoting founder-turned-CEO Jia Yueting, who himself has filed for bankruptcy—and received a subpoena from the SEC to account for inaccurate financial statements.
What Kinds of Electric Cars Will Faraday Future Build?
Within the next few years, Faraday Future plans to introduce a slew of crossovers, the first of which will be a high-priced, low-production, electric SUV called the FF 91. This model—which made a big splash at CES 2017—will offer reclining, massaging rear seats and 11 displays throughout the cabin, including a front passenger screen. Riding on the automaker’s Variable Platform Architecture, it will have three motors, producing a combined 1,050 horsepower, as well as a 130-kWh battery, providing a targeted range of 378 miles. And, Faraday claims the FF 91 can hit 60 mph in a mere 2.4 seconds.
Once this flagship model is up and running, Faraday will turn its attention to more mainstream models: the FF 81 and FF 71 crossovers. Details are scarce, but the former will supposedly compete with the Tesla Model X and debut in 2024. Don’t expect to see the latter until at least 2025.
How Much Will Faraday Future Cars Cost?
Faraday hasn’t officially shared pricing information for its vehicles, but current CEO Carsten Breitfeld told Reuters in 2021 that the feature-rich FF 91 will demand north of $200,000, and the FF 81 will cost more than $70,000. As for the FF 71, that model should come in at about $45,000, if it makes it to production.
When Will Faraday Future EVs Go on Sale?
The FF 91 is available for preorder now. You can no longer reserve the launch-edition Futurist Alliance trim, which required a $5,000 (refundable) fee, but Faraday will soon open the preorder form for the lesser Futurist version, which commands a $1,500 deposit.
If Faraday Future keeps on schedule, the FF 91 Futurist Alliance should be available by the end of 2022. That said, the likelihood of the vehicle coming to market isn't great. Faraday initially planned to have that model on the market back in 2018. Furthermore, interest is low: Per the latest count, the company had secured only 401 reservations for the FF 91.
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Roberto Baldwin is an automotive and technology reporter based in Northern California. In addition to traditional car coverage, he has focused on the emergence of electric vehicles and driver assistance features in vehicles and the eventual launch of autonomous vehicles. Over the past seven years he’s sat in more autonomous test vehicles than he can remember but still reminds the average driver to keep their eyes on the road. He currently owns a Subaru BRZ, Hyundai Kona Electric, and a Vespa GTS 250.