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IN Science & Technology ON 07 Jan, 2016
California-based company Faraday Future yesterday unveiled its electric concept during the annual CES show whose main focus rests on consumer gadgets. The company is giving the name FFZero1 to its debut, but all others including us are calling it Tesla-Killer. Check out the essentials in the electric car which will pave the way for technologies yet to come.
According to the company's senior vice president of research and development, Nick Sampson, the first production will be out in a couple of years. The battery-powered FFZero1 would display information over the driver's line of sight.
It has the teardrop shape so that air flows through the car and keeps the batteries cool. But, it is not intended to be produced, Sampson added. "It's more an illustration of what is possible with its underlying tech currently being tested in other cars", he said.
An adjustable chassis can be the home to a string of batteries, which can be better replaced than a single battery. However, the exact number of battery units would depend on the size of the car.
The 1,000-horsepower FFZero1 has the ability to exceed 200mph (321 kph) of speed and accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds. It even contains a helmet to give the driver oxygen and water.
According to Richard Kim, Faraday's head of global design, the car is "not of this world". The company employs more than 550 personnel and has been poaching human resources from rivals such as Tesla and BMW.
"Like Tesla, Faraday will target buyers of luxury gasoline-powered cars to expand the still-tiny EV market in the United States. Thinking about us and Tesla squabbling over 1 percent of the market, it's not really part of the equation", Sampson said.
According to the head designer, Richard Kim, the main goal of the company is to make a car that is more like a tablet. The real vision is to enable the driver to interact with the systems inside the car rather than controlling them with his phone.
"Whether you have a one seat racecar or let's say a ten seat commuter, we want to design cars that have no bad seat in the house", he told Tech insider.
He added that it would be more crucial for the company to add functionalities like better seating and aromatherapy that would lead to an enriching experience.
"We plan to revolutionise the automobile industry by creating an integrated, intelligent mobility system that protects the earth and improves the living environment of mankind," wrote Jia Yueting, founder and CEO of the holding company LeTV, dubbed as 'Happy TV'.
Jia is worth $7 billion, according to Forbes, which ranked him as China's 17th richest person. He wrote on his Chinese microblog, "We will build the best electric cars to solve the problems of air pollution and traffic jams in China."
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