Following the recent approvals for business site occupancy and paint shop air permits, Faraday Future (FF; Hanford, CA) hosted several key team members in a ceremony to celebrate its first preproduction build of the FF 91 ultra-luxury intelligent electric vehicle (EV) at the Hanford factory. This organized worker-management “First Pre-Production” ceremony was designed to give an overall status of all aspects of production as the company marks the first FF 91 off the line at Hanford.
The FF 91 is an all-purpose, fully connected EV with an estimated 0-60 mph acceleration below three seconds and an expected range of more than 300 miles.
As FF is currently hiring on a large scale, a company priority is to emphasize the collaboration with the College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA) to execute business-essential training at California’s Hanford Training Resource Center. Each group of skilled FF new hires will consist of 20 to 25 individuals for the 40-hour team-building, decision-making, problem-solving, and leadership skills education needed in an advanced manufacturing facility. Following this, workers will later take part in further applied manufacturing training on-site at the Hanford factory for their respective roles.
“It is inspirational for us at FF to see all the parts come together for this significant day: the literal parts of the FF 91 from our various on-time supplier partners; the processes and tooling within the Hanford facility itself; and the invaluable training for the essential ‘soft’ skills required for this level of sophisticated teamwork I and others need in our Hanford production teams as we begin creation of our FF 91 for demanding users,” said FF Senior VP of Manufacturing Dag Reckhorn. “The worker training program with College of the Sequoias through the California ETP grant is essential.”
In the works is a formal FF management training curriculum with a select group of community colleges in Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties of the state’s Central Valley. With more than 1000 jobs to be created in the FF Hanford factory, this additional leadership training signals FF’s commitment to the livelihoods of local skilled workers.
The order book for FF 91 early users–aka FF Futurists–is open, with first deliveries commencing during the first half of 2019.