Faraday Future Breaks Ground On First Factory Outside Las Vegas

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Faraday Future people have been telling us since day one that they move fast, that they are investing a billion dollars into a new company to revolutionize transportation, that they are going to build a factory in Las Vegas … all building up to the big reveal at CES in January. What went down at CES was completely the opposite of what we were expecting.

I was expecting to see a car ready for the masses … something that would scale and change the world. But that didn’t happen at CES. Instead, Faraday Future showed us the batmobile incarnate — compared to what we, the EV enthusiasts were looking for, it was a failure. It won’t bring us the electric, autonomous, luxurious future we were looking for … but FF knew that.

What Faraday Future was showing us at CES was the vision for the future. It’s a car that embodies the tech, the design cues, the race-inspired construction, the electric drive and tight suspension that represented the pinnacle of what was possible. The FFzero1 was the stake in the ground, the tip of the spear that is Faraday Future. From there, FF would work backwards to a practical car … but that’s never what the FFzero1 was supposed to be.

While it remains to be seen what the practical, production-ready Faraday Future car turns out to be, they are doing what they said — moving fast — and today is the next step in the journey as they break ground on the factory that has been in the works for the last few months. Months, people. It’s worth reflecting on the fact that Faraday Future is less than 2 years old. In that time, it has brought on world-class talent in its Los Angeles headquarter, secured $1 billion in committed funding, locked in a sizeable incentive package from the state of Nevada, and is now actually starting work on the factory of the future just outside Las Vegas.


The new factory will cost $1 billion, which buys FF a 3-million-square-foot facility on the 900-acre property. As committed to the State of Nevada, the site will ramp up to a total staffing of 4,500 over the next 10 years, bringing cash back into the local economy in wages and, obviously, tax dollars.

Speaking of the new facility and progress made to date, Global Vice President of Manufacturing at Faraday Future Dag Reckhorn said:

“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, while still doing it right.”

As the new factory grows, Faraday will start manufacturing the cutting-edge, high-tech electric Faraday Future cars. What they will look like, we have no idea at this point. Though, the team has been tossing out teasers … leading up to CES (which led to the hype and expectation of a full production-ready EV at the show), at CES in the Variable Platform Architecture video, and most recently at Formula E, with the teaser silhouette hanging in the back of the display tent like the smile of the cheshire cat.

FFzero1 at Formula E | Image Credit: Kyle Field

The facility will follow right in line with the high-tech themes of the FFzero1, embracing environmentally friendly construction practices and utilizing high-efficiency renewable materials where possible.

On the energy front, the facility will take advantage of LED lighting and will eventually be powered by a combination of wind, solar, and geothermal power. It is going to be interesting to see how FF handles the less-than-friendly attitude its local utility has towards grid-tied solar … but that’s a battle for the future and one it will likely get help on from an unlikely ally — Tesla.

Tesla will have to cross that bridge much sooner than FF, as the Gigafactory has similarly aggressive renewable energy goals, with a large percent of the power forecasted to come from rooftop solar. Both companies will have the advantage of high-volume battery production that can be used for onsite storage in the event that grid-tied solar loses attractiveness due to less-than-ideal feed-in credits.

The exterior of the facility embodies the FF spirit, with many of the same high-tech, efficient, mysterious styling cues we saw in the FFzero1, while at the same time, serving very functional roles.

Inside the facility, FF aims to create an inclusive, flexible, adaptable structure that not only speaks to core values of Faraday Future, but that is key to the manufacturing plan for the company. Building a flexible plant will provide the right support for a dynamic team that can respond to changing needs as the overall design and focus of the company shifts and evolves between models, technologies, and vehicle types — as promised in the Faraday Future VPS Teaser at CES.

While breaking actual ground at an actual factory is a monumental step and extremely exciting for Faraday Future — and the entire electric vehicle industry — it is by no means a guarantee of success. If anything, this is but the first big step in a series of giant hurdles for the young company. Dreaming up a bold future, vision-casting what mobility could look like, and even building a concept car are but baby steps compared to the challenge that lays ahead for Faraday Future.

But the good news is, the Faraday Future edge walkers are taking that step and moving boldly forward into the future that they have envisioned.

Here’s a live feed of the factory press conference (in progress as we publish):

Check out the latest details on FaradayFuture.com | Factory image courtesy Faraday Future

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18 thoughts on “Faraday Future Breaks Ground On First Factory Outside Las Vegas

  • ugly factory. More style than utility

    • I guess time will tell if it’s functional. At least we know today that it looks good…or will look good.

  • If they come out with the best car ever, or even just competitive with tesla, good on them. But based on everything i know about them, tesla is better and it has MUCH better marketing. I mean, making an awesome product is technically more important, but i have basically no confidence in them, and that is a failure of marketing.

  • Bold prediction: FF goes bankrupt within five years, and Tesla buys that factory for pennies on the dollar.

    • …assuming they want it.

      • To quote jalopnik on this, the whole thing looks like a health spa rather than a car factory.

    • I was going to say the exact same thing. I wish them luck but, I just don’t see them being successful. Other option if they make some progress is one of the big car companies to buy them.

  • 33 minutes of dead air on the video? Chinese at its best! Lets hope the cars are better build quality!

  • They seem to concentrate on design and marketing a lot, don’t they?
    Tesla learned early on that the nuts and bolts are the stuff that counts and either make or break your product..
    Flashy wrapping comes last, not first.

    • Sadly I agree, it feels like too much focus and money on marketing and not enough on just getting things done. Nothing wrong with focusing on Design though 🙂

      • In all fairness, you have to have a factory to build cars at scale…so not really any point in showing off a car that will be built at production volumes…in 3 years. Having said that, I was fully expecting a car ready for the mass market at CES…trust me. It deflated me for the whole rest of the show…but anyway.

        More than this factory, I want to know about FFs battery strategy. If Tesla needs the world’s largest battery factory to build 500k cars per year…where is FF getting batteries? What’s the plan there? Lots of questions. I’m hopeful…but they definitely have a ways to go and some large gaps to fill in before I’m all in.

  • might want to add a note to skip ahead to minute 34 now that it’s no longer a live feed with 34 minutes of waiting screen?

  • Just to add to what everyone else is saying: Hope they succeed, but zero expectation they will. What they’ll need to do is a lot more deals like what they’re doing with Aston Martin, both for the revenue and, more importantly, the experience. I always get the sense that these guys take for granted just how difficult it is to manufacture a great, safe, reliable car. Good luck to them, but…I’m sure one of the big manufacturers will buy them out in a few years and do everything better.

    • Honestly I hope they fail, and act as an example to other groups of what not to do.

      I hope they fail so that companies like Rimac, which have put heart and soul into their products, will have more investments available, and more partnerships open to them.

      Rimac started with nothing, has actually built their own super car that FF pretended to show at CES, and has real partnerships where they have provided services and tech to others.

      Though I’m hoping Aston knows something I don’t, or that the agreement is just on paper and they don’t stand to lose anything besides face.

  • They seem to be investing a lot in the staffing of the automated driving indicating that they want to own and develop this tech rather than outsource it. I see relatively little investment in the power train staffing but perhaps they have already staffed that area.

  • Excellent, I hope it all goes well for them. I hope the future of American Auto Industry

    is run by the n”New 4″ ie: Tesla, Google, Apple & Faraday Future (much better than the 3 old dinosaurs from Detroit)

  • Tesla = Marvel – took a long time to establish the brand, built up excitement, paced their releases, grew incrementally and now is of the biggest franchises out there.

    Faraday Future = DC Comics – trying to copy Marvel, but skipping most of the important steps and focusing more on style over substance.

  • To be honest I have lost all excitement for Faraday Future in the past few months. I still hope they succeed, but I’m not holding my breath.

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