Instead of one large and heavy battery pack, Faraday’s design uses what it calls “battery strings,” which are easier to replace or changed than a single large unit, according to the company.
The length of these strings can be changed depending on the size of the vehicle they’re used in, allowing Faraday to adapt them to its entire range of vehicles quicker and cheaper than would be possible with a more defined battery pack.
The timing of Faraday’s debut in Las Vegas came with an awkward side note: it was revealed Monday that Porter Harris, Faraday’s senior battery engineer, left at the beginning of the year for unknown reasons.
Faraday’s modular platform also allows for one to three-motor setups and front, rear- or all-wheel-drive all on the same architecture.
To make this clear, Faraday put together the FFZERO1, which uses four electric motors -- one on each wheel -- for a total of 1,000 horsepower and a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than three seconds.
A production version of the car may be built in limited production and the concept “could be fully autonomous,” meeting the driver at the racetrack and leading them around the course to prepare for manual driving, Faraday said.
Faraday Future was formed 18 months ago with backing from Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting who founded an online video entertainment company more than a decade ago. It has lured away top talent from rivals in the automotive sector including Tesla, BMW and Volvo.