Faraday Future (Los Angeles-based electric vehicle company & title sponsor of the recent Long Beach ePrix) held a ground breaking ceremony at their North Las Vegas site in Nevada on Wednesday, 13th April.
The event was attended by several dignitaries including Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Steve Hill of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and community leaders and key elected regional officials.
The facility in which Faraday Future plans to manufacture its premium electric vehicles, will use the company’s unique Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) – an adaptable modular platform made up of battery strings that can be removed or added to alter the wheelbase.
Outlining Faraday Future’s plans was VP of Global Manufacturing, Dag Reckhorn, who said: “We plan to bring the future forward. We will build a world-class, advanced, connected factory that is environmentally friendly & futuristic. Our aim is to complete a project that would traditionally take 4 years & do it in half the time – while still doing it right. We are using advanced materials & equipment to create a super connected smart plant that invites consumers to be part of the process.”
And on choosing Nevada, he added: “We selected this location because of the great talent pool available in the area.” The $1 billion, 900-acre development is expected to create approximately 4,500 direct jobs over a 10-year period to the state.
Reckhorn continued: “Alicia Ferraro is our Nevada-based recruiter – as you can imagine, Alicia will be very popular hiring for 4,500 jobs!”
Tom Wessner, VP of Global Supply Chain elaborating on the task ahead: “There are over 2,000 parts & hundreds of other products & services that must come together at this site in order to assemble our vehicles. Over 90% of the parts for our first vehicle are already sourced from the best global Tier-1 suppliers in North America, Europe & Asia.”
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