Tesla is going to have to share the road.
The electric automaker could be credited with the mainstream acceptance of EVs and has inspired many new electric cars from other automakers. (Think the Bolt would be here if Tesla wasn’t?)
New automakers ranging from Faraday Future to Lucid Motors also have Tesla to thank for paving the way. Faraday Future has been in the automotive blog-o-sphere for a while now, but you might have never heard of Lucid Motors. It’s probably time to start paying attention to them.
The California automaker has showcased the Lucid Air, an electric sedan with a starting price of $52,500 (after tax credits) and enough technology to make the Model S look like a Model T.
But how likely is Lucid to actually produce cars and challenge Elon Musk and company?
Futurism.com reports that Peter Rawlinson, former chief engineer of the Model S and current chief technology officer at Lucid Motors, said that, “the sculpted battery on the Air provides passengers with far more space than what any Tesla vehicle is able to provide.”
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Some features of the $100,000 fully-loaded Air include: a 1,000 horsepower all-wheel drive twin-motor, a battery that lasts 400 miles, reclining backseats, and front seats that provide a massage. The basic Air will have a 400-horsepower rear-wheel drive single motor and a battery that lasts 240 miles. All models will allow drivers to activate level 4 or 5 autonomous driving, have touchscreens instead of an instrument panel, voice assistant/AI, and facial recognition.
Also, Lucid’s high-speed testing of a prototype of the 1,000-hp Air culminated with a 217-mph top speed. That’s Ferrari-fast, folks, which isn’t too bad for a company most people haven’t even heard of yet.
Lucid will produce 255 Launch Edition Airs, though we don’t know when those cars might be delivered or when base versions will go into production.
Lucid Motors, which has strategic partnerships in place with Samsung and LG, is making some bold promises but it looks like it has the resources to come through and deliver.
Based on what we know so far, would you be more likely to take home a Lucid Air or a Tesla Model S?