CES 2017: Faraday Future unveils 'new species' of electric car

Updated 1324 GMT (2124 HKT) January 19, 2017
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Faraday Future, a California-based electric car start-up, unveiled its first consumer model, the FF91, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Faraday Future
The FF 91 is the company's first production model. Fitted with a 130 kWh battery, Faraday Future says the car has a range of 378 miles (608 kilometers). Faraday Future
Faraday Future drew crowds of admirers at the CES in 2016 with the futuristic FFZERO1 concept car. Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Attendees of the launch watched a video of the FF 91 electric vehicle racing a Tesla Model S. Faraday Future claims the FF91 can go from 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds, marginally quicker than the Tesla S -- which does it in 2.5 seconds. AFP/Getty Images
The company also showcased the car's "Driverless Valet" parking feature. Owners would also be able to summon the vehicle to pick them up at a specific location and time. AFP/Getty Images
Attendees inspect the 4-door electric sedan, which Faraday Future executives called "a new species."

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Critics have suggested Faraday Future could be in financial trouble. Reports of debts and missed payments have dogged the company in recent times. AFP/Getty Images
Faraday Future's "Variable Platform Architecture" (VPA) is a powertrain system designed to be flexible. The chassis and body are a single form which improves the overall vehicle rigidity, safety and handling of the car, the company says. Faraday Future
The FF 91 combines the performance of a supercar with an interior designed for comfort and luxury, the company says. Faraday Future
The car is expected to cost upwards of $100,000. Faraday Future
Buyers can reserve a FF 91 with a deposit of $5,000. Faraday Future
Faraday Future is also involved in Formula E, the all-electric racing series, partnering with Dragon Racing to form the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team for the 2016-17 world championship season. AFP/Getty Images
"We're creating technology that has never existed before," Nick Sampson, a senior vice president, said at the CES launch. AFP/Getty Images
The first FF 91 cars are expected to be delivered in 2018 at the earliest. Faraday Future