Faraday Future Says Revealing Of Tesla Model 3 Is “Fantastic News”
TechCrunch recently caught up with Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s Senior Vice President of R&D and Engineering, at the Formula E’s Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix.
The racing event happened to coincide with Tesla’s Model 3 unveiling and a intense interest in the company’s growing reservation numbers – which stood at 325,000 after just 1 week.
Nick Sampson (formerly of Tesla Motors fame) asked about the Model 3 said couple of interesting things:
- “It’s not our competition,”
- “It’s fantastic news.”
- “It opens people’s minds to the possibilities.”
A well received Tesla Model 3 is a good news for the whole electric vehicle industry, because a new start-up really doesn’t want to join the market with no proof of demand. Tesla really paves the way in this regard.
It’s the same reason, he said, that Faraday Future jumped on board as a title sponsor for the Formula E race at the last minute. “Formula E is what we’re about,” Sampson said, though the company does not have a team racing in the series. “We’re trying to show that electric cars aren’t dull and boring. We’re both pushing in that same direction.”
The real question however why the Tesla Model 3 isn’t Faraday Future competition? And that is because the first production FF is stated to be a premium competitor to the higher-end Model S.