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Electrical car start-up Lucid unveils Air sedan to tackle Tesla


The Lucid Air sedan, which is predicted to enter manufacturing subsequent 12 months at a plant being constructed in Arizona.


Electrical vehicle start-up Lucid is touting its all-electric Air sedan as a extra environment friendly, quicker and spacious car than the Tesla Mannequin S, a automotive the corporate’s CEO Peter Rawlinson helped develop.

“What we have got is a breakthrough in electrical vehicles,”  he instructed media forward of the Air’s unveiling on Wednesday. “That is not simply as a result of batteries, it is as a result of a complete host of massive image pondering that is added up.”

Rawlinson, who was the Mannequin S chief engineer and vp of engineering at Tesla from 2009 to 2012, claims the high-end model of the Air is 17% extra power environment friendly than Tesla fashions, permitting for extra vary with fewer cells. 

The Air closely resembles the prototype fashions and an idea of the automotive, which Lucid beforehand unveiled in 2016. The corporate made small modifications to the outside since, together with bigger aspect mirrors to fulfill rules, in addition to curved screens within the inside.

Exterior of the Lucid Air sedan, which debuted Sept. 9, 2020 as the corporate’s first manufacturing car.


The automotive is estimated to attain an EPA-rated range of 517 miles on a single cost, in accordance with third celebration testing. That simply tops Tesla’s industry-leading 402 miles with a model of the Mannequin S. It can also obtain 1 / 4 mile in 9.9 seconds, in accordance with Rawlinson. Tesla’s quickest car reportedly takes 10.4 seconds.

“This has by no means been finished earlier than,” Rawlinson stated. “An electrical automotive which has bought 500-mile vary and is the quickest factor on the planet.”

The corporate says the automotive, because of a 900-volt structure, can cost 300 miles in 20 minutes. Its highest charging price is 2 miles per minute, in accordance with Lucid. 

Beginning pricing for the Air will vary from about $80,000 for a base mannequin to $169,000 for a limited-volume “Dream Version.”

The corporate plans to promote a Grand Touring model of the Air with a 517-mile vary for $139,000, and a Touring model of the sedan with a 406-mile vary for $95,000.

The efficiency and vary of the car varies by worth. Prime-end fashions provide as much as 1,080 horsepower. Lucid plans to make the Air in black, white and gold. 

The upper priced automobiles are anticipated to go on sale within the second quarter of subsequent 12 months, adopted by decrease priced fashions within the fourth quarter and into 2022.

Lucid says a giant differentiator for any model of the Air is its inside. The Air affords the house of a giant sedan in a midsize automotive, in accordance with Derek Jenkins, vp of design at Lucid. “That is the place the marvel of Lucid packaging and our house content material is kind of unbelievable,” he stated.

Inside of the Lucid Air sedan.


The car contains a “floating” driver data display screen behind the steering wheel in addition to an angled management touchscreen within the decrease middle of the sprint. 

The corporate says the Lucid Air “frunk” can match as a lot cargo as 4 of any competitor’s.

Rawlinson expects the Air to be the catalyst for a lineup of future all-electric automobiles, together with an SUV beginning manufacturing in early 2023 and extra reasonably priced automobiles down the road. On Wednesday night time, the corporate shared photos of its SUV, dubbed the “Gravity,” nonetheless in growth. It didn’t focus on specs for the SUV, nonetheless.

Lucid Motors SUV

Lucid Motors

Executives additionally revealed that Lucid is growing an “ESS” product line of stationary power storage programs for house, enterprise and grid-scale use. The technique is harking back to Tesla’s, minus the SolarCity acquisition and entry into photovoltaics. 

However in contrast to Tesla, Lucid shouldn’t be constructing or managing its personal electrical car charging infrastructure right now. As a substitute, the corporate has  partnered with Electrify America. Early clients who purchase the Lucid Air will get 3 years of free charging at Electrify America stations, the corporate stated.

The Air is predicted to start manufacturing early subsequent 12 months at its plant, which remains to be beneath development in Casa Grande, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix. Manufacturing was scheduled to start late this 12 months however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic

The $700 million facility, together with $300 million for the primary section of manufacturing, is predicted to have an preliminary car manufacturing capability of 34,000 items, which Rawlinson believes will develop to a most capability of 400,000 items towards the tip of the last decade.

Lucid is amongst a number of electrical car start-ups and “conventional” automakers attempting to compete with Tesla.

Lucid was based in 2007 as Atieva, a reputation it now makes use of for its engineering and tech arm that provides batteries to electrical racing circuit Formulation E. The corporate first centered on electrical battery know-how earlier than altering its identify and shifting to an electric-vehicle producer in 2016, three years after Rawlinson joined the corporate to steer its know-how growth.

The Lucid Air sedan is the corporate’s first manufacturing car.