CES Las Vegas: Faraday lifts lid on radical electric car

A striking all-electric concept sports car from largely unheard-of maker Faraday Future has made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

With its Batmobile looks and mysterious technical background the car codenamed FFZERO1 turned heads at the January 6-9 event, which showcases the latest in electronic innovation.

The Faraday Future concept is a flat design with a bubble cockpit for the driver owned. Packed with technology, the company has likened the car to a laptop on wheels.

In a bid to rival US electric car market leader Tesla, Faraday Future said it will produce all-electric cars at an as-yet-unnamed plant in the United States from 2017.

The Chinese backer, the billionaire Jia Yueting, plans to invest 1 billion dollars in the start-up. Jia is founder of the video-on-demand service Leshi Television, which is known as China’s "Netflix."

The Faraday uses a modular platform and among the bold claims by company executive Nick Sampson is that this could be used to build "any kind of car." Sampson also said Faraday was poised to "reshape the future of mobility."

The Faraday Future uses batteries for power but technical details are scarce. The concept uses a multiscreen interface and augmented reality views of the road ahead.

So-called "aero tunnels" channel air through the bodywork to cut drag and cool the batteries. Top speed is claimed as 329 kilometres per hour with lightning acceleration to match.

Last update: Thu, 07/01/2016 - 11:34

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