Lucid Motors is yet another electric car start-up based out of California. Formerly known as Atieva, Lucid motors has been toiling over its electric vehicle prototypes over the past two years and now they have finally taken the camouflage off their luxury electric sedan – The Air.
The carmaker has dubbed the Air as a luxury executive sedan which is squarely aimed at the Tesla. Lucid Motors claims they have worked long enough to develop the densest and the biggest battery pack seen on an EV. The 110kWh battery comes as standard, but there is an optional 130 kWh battery pack powering two onboard motors. The motors have a combined output of 1000hp providing a range of about 400 miles (643kilometre). Also, the car accelerates from 0-100kmph in supercar-rivaling 2.5seconds.
The Air promises the space of a large luxury sedan inside the car of a midsize sedan owing to the cleverly packed compact battery. The carmaker says they have pushed everything to the extreme and placed the battery below the floor to provide more space inside the cabin. Though the interior looks quite futuristic and far to be true, the 55degree-reclining seats, surreal dashboard and the unbelievably spacious cabin could actually make it to the production model. The car comes with a voice control function, panoramic sunroof, and 29-speaker sound system. The headlights are one of the futuristic elements which incorporate energy efficient microlens that can self-adjust according to the requirement.
And as with the trend of all future EV, the Lucid Air will be equipped with autonomous driving tech. The Air will come fortified with long and short range radars, LiDar, a plethora of cameras and numerous sensors for the autonomous credentials.
Lucid Motors will sell the first 250 cars called the ‘launch edition’ laden with all of their technology, priced at $160,000(approx. Rs 1.09 Cr). After which an affordable version will follow with an expected price of $65,000 (approx. Rs 45 lakh). The manufacturer has started taking bookings for both the variants, as the car will go into production at their Arizona facility late next year. Expect to see the car on the roads by 2018.