After a hefty teasing campaign that included the announcement of an Arizona production facility, Lucid Motors is finally ready to show off its new electric sedan. Dubbed the Air (yes, Air), it rivals the Tesla Model S and others not only in design, but also performance, and overall luxury.
The exterior of the Lucid EV is smaller than that of rivaling luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, but on the inside, it features the same amount of overall volume. The floor-mounted batteries are in part to thank for the smart packaging.
Power comes courtesy of an 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack, or an optional 130-kilowatt-hour battery pack that brings the total output to around 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), propelling the Air to 60 mph (96 kmh) in just 2.5 seconds. With an expected range 400 miles (643 kilometers) on a single charge, it rivals that of the Model S (315 miles/506 kilometers). With long- and short-range radar, cameras, and Lidar, the Air is said to also be ready "autonomous ready," though no word on when/if that technology will be available to consumers.
Like most luxury cars, the Air comes with a downloadable app that uses voice control systems like Amazon Echo and Siri to control in car functions. Pricing for a well-optioned example will exceed $100,000, but the company says that a more affordable $65,000 version will be available in the near future.
The car will be built at the new Lucid Motors facility in Arizona that is expected to break ground early in 2017. Production of the luxury EV will begin in 2018 and go on sale later that same year.
Source: Lucid Motors