The Californian EV startup Faraday Future has announced updates for their Hanford factory, which is scheduled to start serial production of the electric SUV FF 91 this year. The company has also started a recruitment drive for specialists.
Permission by the city council of Hanford for the reconstruction of the former Pirelli factory has already been granted, and the construction company Bernards has been tasked with the heavy lifting.
The factory will house up to 1,300 employees in a triple shift system. To kick start the recruitment process, Faraday has already announced several training programs. In cooperation with local institutions they will attempt to guarantee that as many local residents as possible will be hired.
The decision to select Hanford as the production location was made last August. Originally, Faraday was planning to set up a billion dollar EV factory in North Las Vegas. After the leadership around CEO Jia Yueting decided against this plan, the lease for the former Pirelli factory was acquired. The factory has about the same size as the planned facility in Vegas, with between 700,000 and 800,000 square meters.
Faraday has reaffirmed in their recent press statement, that the time plan for the FF 91 serial production remains on target, around the end of 2018. The FF 91 is the first serial model by the Chinese-American company, and is designed for autonomous driving capabilities and features a four-wheel drive with 782 kW performance and an NEFZ range of 700 km. The vehicle was presented at the CES 2017.
After the announcement, Faraday was plagued by negative headlines, particularly regarding financial difficulties and legal problems. More recently, there has been more positive news and indications that the company had found a new major investor. Furthermore, Faraday hired Michael Agosta as the new head of finance.