Lucid Motors "Air" is geared up for April Launch

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Aaron Smith 

Automotive Journalist

April 29, 2020  at 10:39 PM

Lucid Motor is well known for supplying batteries to Formula E manufacturers. They are all set to launch the Air at "New York Motor Show " which is scheduled in April. A former Tesla chief engineer is responsible for this 1000 hp sedan and Saudi Arabians are looking forward to invest in it.

With more and more automobile manufacturers developing electric vehicles, making them a part of their regular lineup, there seems to be quite a lot of choices if you’re planning to make your commutes cleaner. Lucid is another major player in this game. After years of teasing, their electric sedan dubbed the Air will finally be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 2020.

Lucid is a well-known name for EV manufacturers. The company is a startup started by Peter Robinson, former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S. It is responsible for supplying batteries for all Formula E cars. Lucid has been developing highly efficient electric motors as well. According to their press release, they are aiming to beat the latest iteration of the Tesla Model S for both range and performance.

Lucid teased the idea for the Air electric sedan in December 2016. Since then, the company has developed more than 80 alpha and beta vehicles that have undergone thorough testing at its headquarters in Silicon Valley. Robert has also announced that their production facility at Casa Grande, Arizona is 95 per cent production-ready. We can expect the Air sedan to begin sales by early 2021.

The Lucid Air uses two electric motors, one on each axle, to power all four wheels. If the specifications are to be believed, the Lucid Air is capable of a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 200 mph and has a range exceeding 400 miles on a full charge. With those numbers, it can easily beat any Model S trim currently on sale in the US. Each Lucid Air sedan will have an MSRP close to $60,000.

For the interior, the Lucid Air goes for a ‘simple and elegant’ approach. There is plenty of room inside the car. The Air adds a futuristic touch by making almost all functions accessible by a central touchscreen on the console. Its software can be updated regularly over Wi-Fi. An array of sensors and a central processing unit allows autonomous driving as well. Lucid claims that the Air is capable of memorizing routes and make detours across set courses if the conditions call for it.

For the past two months, the startup has started taking pre-orders for its electric sedan. Each one requires a deposit of $1,000 that will be further adjusted into the total price of the vehicle on delivery. All pre-orders can be placed through a portal on the company’s official website.

Now that Lucid is closer than ever to realizing their goals, it is yet to be seen if the company will deliver on its promises. In recent years, many other major manufacturers have come up with rather good EVs in the US market. Tesla has had enormous success, especially after its Cyber Truck reveal. Luxury manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi are not far behind either. Mercedes unveiled its electric EQC SUV in late 2019, while Audi has already begun sales of the e-Tron in the States. With so much competition at its heels, the unveiling of Lucid’s luxury electric sedan may grant it quite an advantage over the rest of the competition.

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