Tom Wessner, VP of Global Supply Chain at Faraday Future (FF), left, Ding Lei, Co-founder, Global Vice Chairman at SEE Plan at LeEco, second, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval second right, and Dag Reckhorn, VP of Global Manufacturing at FF turn shovels at Faraday Future's Ground Breaking Ceremony on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in North Las Vegas.(Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Faraday Future)
Yesterday afternoon, electric car startup Faraday Future broke ground on its "state-of-the-art" factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Though details are scant, Faraday promised BIG:
"Hiring for the Faraday Future Nevada project has already kicked off. The $1 billion, 3 million square foot, 900-acre development will create approximately 4,500 direct jobs over a 10-year period to the state."
"As it gears up for the launch of its first production vehicle, FF is expanding quickly with over 700 U.S. employees to date. The facility in North Las Vegas will be used to manufacture electric, cutting-edge and technologically advanced FF vehicles. It will be expansive in size and hire in roles such as manufacturing, engineering, communications, administrative and more."
Faraday’s Global Vice President of Manufacturing, Dag Reckhorn, commented:
“We are moving extremely quickly for a project of this size. Our aim is to complete a program that would normally take four years and do it in half the time.”
Truthfully, details were all but absent from Faraday's press release, so we're still mostly in the dark as to what the grand plan is. We do know that Faraday intends to produce electric vehicles based on a modular, adaptable platform, but the timeline for launch is mostly unknown, as are price targets, production capability and so on.
Speaking of the mystery that shrouds this company, Fortune stated:
"Faraday Future, the electric vehicle startup that wants to take on Tesla, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for a factory in North Las Vegas. Although the company plans to begin grading at the site in less than a month and has even started hiring there, it still isn’t entirely clear what it will build or how it will make money."
"The Los Angeles-based company plans to manufacture an electric car, that part is clear. But there is no prototype or specifics yet on what kinds of cars it might produce."
So, were still mostly in the dark in regards to Faraday, but at least we now know a factory is being constructed and that hiring is being ramped up.
You'll find few additional details in the press release below:
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Faraday Future Breaks Ground for its State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada
LAS VEGAS, Apr. 13, 2016– 2:00 PM PT – At an event in North Las Vegas, Nevada, Faraday Future (FF) hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for its world-class, highly connected and environmentally friendly manufacturing facility at Apex Industrial Park. The celebratory ceremony was attended by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Steve Hill of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and several other community leaders and key elected officials from the region. Not only does the announcement signify an important milestone for FF as the company works towards the production of its first all-electric premium vehicle, but the investment will have an overall positive impact on the State of Nevada.
Hiring for the Faraday Future Nevada project has already kicked off. The $1 billion, 3 million square foot, 900-acre development will create approximately 4,500 direct jobs over a 10-year period to the state. The project will also help invest in the community with new and improved infrastructure, create revenue opportunities for local businesses and contribute to tourism.
“We are moving extremely quickly for a project of this size,” said Dag Reckhorn, VP of Global Manufacturing at Faraday Future. “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.”
The company cleared the land in January 2016 and expect to grade the land soon.
“We are thrilled to have chosen Nevada for the home of our first manufacturing facility and are deeply committed to bringing our investment to the state,” said Reckhorn. “We have received tremendous support from local government officials and the community, and look forward to making a significant, positive impact on the local economy.”
As it gears up for the launch of its first production vehicle, FF is expanding quickly with over 700 U.S. employees to date. The facility in North Las Vegas will be used to manufacture electric, cutting-edge and technologically advanced FF vehicles. It will be expansive in size and hire in roles such as manufacturing, engineering, communications, administrative and more.
FEATURES OF THE FACILITY
Like FF products, the production facility will be connected, futuristic looking and the environmentally conscious.
Materials Used in Construction
The facility will use the latest materials in the construction process and aim to exceed standards set forth by the industry. FF is committed to environmentally friendly construction practices and has procedures in place to ensure all of its contractors follow dust control regulatory standards.
Materials for the facility structure would include the use of the latest 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.
Design of the Building
FF is leveraging its design experience and talents into the creation of the facility. Our user-centric approach is reflected in the futuristic aspects of the building with the use of glass panels that promote a more open air concept. This is unprecedented in modern automobile factories that are conventionally hidden behind walls.
The facility’s exterior will be a clear calling card of the FF look and feel from the air and from the highway encouraging passers by to visit and see the latest in mobility manufacturing. The interior will offer ergonomically and economically adaptable workspaces in open, color-coordinated environments throughout that integrate with the overall FF culture.
Courtyards and social spaces will be available and contribute to the collaborative work environment that FF is known for.
Like FF’s overall approach, adaptability and flexibility will be core elements at the facility.
FF 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.
FF will use the facility to manufacturer its premium electric vehicles.
The FF facility will utilize the company’s unique Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) which is an adaptable modular platform made up of battery strings that can be removed or added to alter the wheelbase. Adding or subtracting the strings modifies the vehicle’s potential weight, battery efficiency and travel distance achieving an even faster entry into nearly any new vehicle segment.
Faraday Future is a user-centric, advanced mobility company with headquarters in Silicon Valley and Southern California. Our global team leverages the talents of leading thinkers and passionate creators from the technology and automotive industries to bring premium, intuitive, and seamlessly connected electric vehicles to people worldwide.