Faraday Future: What If? – Video

DEC 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Faraday Future: What if?

Faraday Future: What if?

Faraday Future increases our curiosity ahead of its first concept car debut at 2016 CES.

Not showing anything, but asking what if…

Faraday Future: What if? What if there was an electric car that not only helped preserve the environment — it actually made us look forward to the daily commute? What if such a car could redefine our relationship with the automobile itself? Our new short film — ‘What if?’ — explores the cleaner, better world we’re building at Faraday Future, and the big questions that drive us. http://faradayfuture.com”

The video, with questions instead of answers, is sufficient to infer that Faraday Future is developing all-electric, autonomous cars with breakthrough design, all the connectivity that one could imagine (phones, Internet, and of course on-board InsideEVs.com).

It appears there maybe be a new business model tie-in with car sharing – you could just pay a monthly rate and summon an autonomous car. Sounds interesting.  We’ll know more soon, as CES is just around the corner (January 6th).

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What if they actually produced something? With all this hype they are building chances are that when (if) they finally show something it’s not at all what they’ve made it out to be. So far they haven’t shown they are capable of producing even a toy car.

Speaking of Hype ,(Tesla) Spacex Re-useable Rocket…A History 1st, Where They |ACTUALLY|UnLoaded 11 satlelites in Space & Came Back & Landed UpRight..UnLike The Other Guy How Sent One Up A Few Feet With “N0” PayLoad….This Got |ZER0 HYPE| INFACT .GOT..Very Little Mention or Praise ..Now ,That is a History Making Event IGNORED !!!! Its Rocket Science People !!!!!!!

*meh*, the rocket isn’t even electric. Come back when they have a maglev all electric elevator running on solar power getting the loads out into outer space.

Some people are never happy.

Oh, I was happy. Maybe I should have added a smiley to the post. 🙂

It’s superexciting and it will take me closer to my dream of going out into space/visiting the mooon/mars and whatever colony will be there.
It’s just the beginning though. And it’s a rather primitive way of sending things out into space still. I’m waiting for the “EV breakthrough” of the car world for the space industry.

I have visited lots of countries and seen more than my fair share of monuments and cultures. Here on earth my white whale is Antarctica, the only continent of the seven I have left to visit.
But that is just a matter of spending the money and taking the time, it’s not hard at all.

The true white whale is space and visiting other planets/moons.

I am assuming they plan to introduce their car in January at CES 2016 and NAIAS in Detroit. I just finished a survey from them.

Faraday is doing its thing publically on the 6th at CES in Vegas (although some of us inside the loop will already be somewhat familiar with reveal). AFAIK, there is no plans for NAIAS

“…and summon an autonomous car…”

Didn’t the state of California just adopt a law that explicitly prohibits such a scenario?

I think they should focus on building a reliable EV at an affordable price before putzing around with an autonomous car that can be summoned to the user.

There already are reliable EVs that are reasonably affordable if you want them. The credit for that primarily goes to Nissan. Tesla is not gunning for mass market – their ‘cheap’ car is intended to compete with BMW.

Don’t confuse either with what Faraday appears to be pitching. Autonomous cars have nothing to do with EVs. They are a disruptive technology that in fact will lead to the death of personal EV ownership and will instead result in a spike in fleet purchases by companies like Uber.

Both technologies improve the auto as we know it. One does not overlap with the other.

I hope Faraday has a smaller more efficient EV. It should have V2G Vehicle to GRID so it can help when not on the road. Now that would be a good start.
In fact I like cars with pedals that are small and light like the Twike from Switzerland. 70% of the public still commutes alone so a 1 or 2 seat car make sense.

When Tesla introduced their high end battery cars, it was novelty and fun to watch. Now when everybody is jumping the same wagon with some vaporware it is getting boring. Show us decent mass market electric car!
And it doesn’t preserve any environment by burning fossil fuel in remote power plant. It just preserves lungs of inhabitants of crowded metro areas, that is all.

My EV runs just fine on wind and solar.

Ignorance is bliss…

Ignorance is indeed bliss, and you must be a blissful guy.

I’m not sure why EIA decided to post this on their twitter page last week, but they put up the latest reconciliation of 2014 electrical generation data for the US. Here is the breakdown.
Coal: 39%
Natural Gas: 27%
Nuclear: 19%
Petroleum: 1%
Renewables: 13%
Now here is the distribution of the 13% that is “renewable” (in parentheses I have done the x 0.13 arithmetic for you for the overall percentage of total US electrical generation provided)
Hydropower: 48% (6.2% of total US)
Wind: 34% (4.4% of total US)
Biomass wood: 8% (1% of total US
Biomass waste: 4% (0.5% of total US)
Geothermal: 3% (0.4% of total US)
Solar: 3% (0.4% of total US)

On Saturday EIA shared the total US energy production for everything (heating, transport, electrical generation, etc.) by source. This is in quadrillion BTU consumed (not percentage as above), ranked by source:
Natural gas: 26
Coal: 20
Crude Oil: 18
Nuclear (electrical output): 8
Biomass: 5
Natural gas plant liquids: 4
Hydroelectric: 2
Geothermal, Solar and Wind: 2
(I did some more complimentary arithmetic. 89% of total energy production in the US is from non-biomass hydrocarbon fuels.)

And see how that translates into a MPG for those EVs. http://blog.ucsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EV-map21.jpg And how it was just a couple of years before that. http://blog.ucsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EV-map-2009-data2.jpg For the 2009 numbers (2012 graphic) 45% of US citizens would get a better MPG-equivalent than the best hybrid could offer. For 2012 (2014 graphic) that number was up to 60%. Those numbers you show for 2014 are also an improvement on that. And slowly but steadily it’s going in that direction since almost all added capacity is renewable and none is coal. So even if all US citizens that are buying new cars would go for the most efficient hybrids, which we know is not remotely close to the truth, we would still be better off telling them to go BEV instead. The environment would thank you for that if it could. Both now and especially during the lifetime of the car. Not to mention that most countries electricity is a lot cleaner than the US’s (which you for some reason wanted to take as an example). A lot of people are also in control, or have the possibility to be in control, over their own electricity so that they can decide how green they… Read more »


“And it doesn’t preserve any environment by burning fossil fuel in remote power plant. It just preserves lungs of inhabitants of crowded metro areas, that is all.”

Seriously, the “Long Tailpipe” argument yet again? How many years are people going to keep repeating this long-debunked fallacy?

EVs are about 3-4 times as energy-efficient as the average gasmobile. It’s absolutely absurd to claim that they produce as much CO2 or pollution on a well-to-wheel basis. Even if that wasn’t common sense, we have the Union of Concerned Scientists’ analysis to confirm it.

I understand why Big Oil FUDsters keep throwing out the “Long Tailpipe” fallacy, in their desperate attempt to fight the EV revolution. But why do we keep seeing that bilgewater here on InsideEVs, where people ought to know better?

It’s just bizarre.

Let’s face it, most of the drivers in the world could care less about their carbon footprint. The only way to get BEV into the garages of the mass population is to sell a hands-down superior product than an ICE or hybrid car and at the same price points. The Tesla Model 3 will probably be the first vehicle to do that. The Leaf/Volt/Bolt all have to many compromises for the vehicles to be considered and it shows in their worldwide sales numbers for the Leaf and Volt.