Billion Dollar Environmentally Friendly Facility in North Las Vegas
Faraday Future has hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly factory for electric vehicles at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas.
The ceremony was attended by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.
“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,” the company says.
“Hiring for the Faraday Future Nevada project has already kicked off,” the company says. “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,” states a release.
Multiple EV Market Segments
Faraday claims a “unique” Variable Platform Architecture – VPA – which it describes as “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,” the company says.
‘We Are Moving Extremely Quickly’
The factory itself will feature glass panels to promote a more open air concept – “unprecedented in modern automobile factories that are conventionally hidden behind walls … “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.”
“We are moving extremely quickly for a project of this size,” Faraday global manufacturing VP Dag Reckhorn says in the release. “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.”
More Than 700 U.S. Employees
The company says it cleared the land in January and expects to grade the land soon.
Faraday says it has more than 700 U.S. employees. Tesla veteran Nick Sampson is senior VP for R&D and engineering at Faraday. BMW i3 and i8 veteran Richard Kim is design chief.