Teaser for Faraday Future's first modelEnlarge Photo
At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), startup Faraday Future said it would put an electric car into production within two years.
But one of those two years has almost elapsed without any hint of what that production car will be like.
Faraday Future now says it will unveil its first production model at CES 2017 in January, though.
The company announced that on Twitter last week, listing "we unveil the future" as the fourth in a list of steps in its development—accompanied by the hashtag for CES.
We know the car Faraday Future plans to unveil in January will use the Variable Product Architecture (VPA) platform from the FFZero1 concept car it unveiled at CES 2016 earlier this year.
The FFZero1 was a fantasy electric supercar concept built solely to demonstrate the flexibility of this modular platform, and doesn't provide any real indication of what Faraday's first production car will be like.
Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, unveiled at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las VegasEnlarge Photo
Battery cells will be supplied by LG Chem, per an agreement between the two companies announced earlier this month.
It also seems likely that the Faraday Future electric car will be a crossover utility vehicle of some sort.
In August, a heavily-camouflaged vehicle reputed to be a prototype for Faraday Future's first production model was spotted in the Los Angeles area.
It had a tall body and rear hatch, giving it a crossover-like silhouette.
Teaser images used by Faraday in its CES 2016 press presentation and on its website also depict a vehicle that resembles a crossover.
Faraday has also hinted that it will build self-driving cars, but this may not happen immediately.
At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)Enlarge Photo
Production will take place at a new factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada, which is still under construction.
Faraday broke ground on the factory earlier this year, and has said it will cost $1 billion.
That funding comes largely from Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting's holdings in LeEco, the massive tech company he founded.
LeEco is thought to be investigating making its own electric cars in China, and has a partnership with Aston Martin separate from Faraday.