At a ceremony yesterday, Faraday Future broke ground on the site of its US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) factory in North Las Vegas.
The startup electric car maker says that, should all its plans come to fruition, the new factory to the north of Sin City will create 4500 direct jobs over the next 10 years. At present the company claims that it has around 700 employees in the USA.
Work has already begun on the site, with the company commencing land clearing operations in January, and land grading is expected to begin shortly.
The factory building itself will not only feature “ergonomically and economically adaptable workspaces”, but will also have an exterior that is a “clear calling card of the [Faraday Future] look and feel from the air and from the highway encouraging passers by to visit”.
Inside the plant the company plans on utilising latest aluminium joining techniques, as well as “high levels of robotic automation”. The facility will meet its green energy targets by utilising power from wind, solar and geothermal sources.
Once operational, the new factory will begin producing premium electric vehicles built upon Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture. According to the company, the modular platform can be easily stretched or shrunk by adding or deleting battery strings.
At CES this year, the company unveiled the FFZERO1, an electric supercar concept said to be based on the scalable platform. Its multi-motor electric drivetrain is said to generate a total of 745kW.
With a high amount of carbonfibre throughout the body, the FFZERO1 has a claimed 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of under three seconds and top speed of over 322km/h.