The future is electric, the future is now. Almost every traditional car manufacturer is busy with electric vehicle concept cars. Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo and many many others are chasing Tesla because of her success. But aren’t they a little bit late? Is Tesla the one to beat? There a a lot of ‘new kids on the block’ who can start from scratch instead of rethink the old fashioned production process of cars. At FILLIE we are happy to see the diversity of (full) electric cars in this era.

Check this small collection of ‘new kids on the block’; Faraday Future, Lucid Motors, Alcraft, Fisker, Detroit Electric en Saroléa. This is NOT the future. This is NOW.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

FARADAY FUTURE is an American start-up technology company focused on the development of intelligent electric vehicles. Faraday Future was established in April 2014 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood, which is adjacent to Carson, California. Since its inception in 2014, the company grew to 1000 employees by January 2016. Their financial partners are LeEco, a Chinese consumer electronics company, led by Jia Yueting.

Faraday Future is named for one of the founding principles of electric motor technology known as Faraday’s law of induction. Faraday’s Law is in turn named after English scientist Michael Faraday who discovered electromagnetic induction.

The company debuted its first concept vehicle, the single-seat sports car, FF ZERO1, at the January 2016 Consumer Electronics Show but did not announce production schedules.

The company debuted its first production vehicle, the connected car based on advanced telematics, FF 91, at the January 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Only 300 “Alliance Edition” launch units will be available, with first deliveries expected in 2018.

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LUCID MOTORS (formerly known as Atieva) is an electric car company founded in 2007 and based in Menlo Park, California. Some of Lucid’s 300 employees previously worked at Mazda, Tesla and other car companies. On November 29, 2016, state and company officials announced a $700 million manufacturing plant will be constructed in Casa Grande, Arizona that will employ up to 2,000 workers by 2022, eventually building 20,000 to 130,000 cars per year. The city was a candidate for Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in 2014.

Lucid mainly developed battery technology in the early years, but began making an aluminium prototype car in 2014. Lucid’s car uses the 2170 standard for its lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI. Lucid will design, develop, manufacture and supply battery packs for the Formula E 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 season, in collaboration with McLaren Applied Technologies and Sony. The Formula E specification calls for a battery weight of 250 kg (551 pounds), 54 kWh energy, and peak power of up to 250 kW.

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ALCRAFT Motor Company is a British business. Proud of Britain’s automotive skill base, from its cutting-edge hi-tech innovation and engineering ingenuity to its design credentials and traditional craftsmanship heritage, and of its global leadership in low-volume and luxury vehicles. They’re using some of Britain’s best design and engineering talent to help develop the Alcraft project.

For them design is an integral component of a vehicle. And electric vehicles offer the opportunity for designers to rethink the conventional form of the car, without the need to accommodate bulky engines and transmissions. Britain has long produced iconic automotive products, and their design team is developing an Alcraft design language blending the ultra-clean and contemporary with the timeless values of British design.

Alcraft Motor Company is developing British-engineered electric powertrains and vehicle platforms. They’re focusing on vehicles with pure electric drive, but are also developing battery and range-extending technologies to achieve the optimum balance between environmental impact, performance and range. Their solutions draw on the British engineering tradition of minimising weight and maximising efficiency to enhance performance – an ethos perfectly suited to electric vehicles.

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DETROIT ELECTRIC (1907–1939, revived in 2008 for the Detroit Electric SP.01) was an electric car produced by the Anderson Electric Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. The company built 13,000 electric cars from 1907 to 1939. The Detroit Electric brand was revived again in 2008 to produce modern all-electric cars by Detroit Electric Holding Ltd. of the Netherlands.

The Detroit Electric SP.01 two-seat all-electric roadster is Detroit Electric’s first product and sales were originally scheduled to begin in the United States in August 2013 at a price starting at US$135,000. Production was delayed because, as of August 2013, the company had not been able to secure an agreement for a manufacturing facility. The SP.01, like the Tesla Roadster, will be built on a Lotus Elise aluminum chassis with carbon fiber body, and production will be limited to 999 units. The SP.01 prototypes are being assembled in Europe. The commercial version was to have been built at a factory in Wayne County, Michigan, but Detroit Electric announced it would initially be built in the Netherlands. In June 2014 Detroit Electric announced that the SP.01 would be built in Royal Leamington Spa, England, with their Netherlands facility handling the sales and marketing side of the operation.

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FISKER Inc. is an American electric vehicle automaker founded by Henrik Fisker, launched in 2016 and based in California. Fisker Inc. is a relaunch of the Fisker brand, which previously made the Fisker Karma (now the Karma Revero) under Fisker Automotive (founded in 2007; now part of Karma Automotive). Fisker Inc. has said that it will show its first all-electric vehicle in the second half of 2017, a “spiritual successor” to the Fisker Karma, which will have a 400-mile electric range.

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SAROLÉA was the first Belgian producer of motorcycles, and one of the first producers of motorcycles in the world. This Belgian factory was established in 1850 as a weapons factory by Joseph Saroléa. In 1892 bicycle production started. Joseph died in 1894 and under the management of his sons the company grew larger. In the 1920s, the firm became successfully involved with long distance runs, reliability trials and hill climbs.

In 2008, a motorcycle company using the name Saroléa was established in Belgium by twin brothers, Torsten and Bjorn Robbens, to develop and produce high-performance 100% electric race machines. Saroléa bikes are built by hand at their workshop in Belgium. All components are designed and built by Torsten Robbens, who has a background in motorsport, aerospace and military manufacturing. The company has announced it will launch a limited edition superbike for the road market based on the same technology and performance as its SP7 TT race bike.

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