Tesla Motors’ electric success hasn’t gone unnoticed – which is why numerous startups have gained courage to try and feature tomorrow’s mobility. Lucid Motors is one of them, as they took the wraps off the Air electric sedan capable of 400 miles on a single charge.
The new luxury sedan, which is clearly a direct jab at Tesla’s Model S is expected to enter series production early in 2018 – at a recently announced new Arizon production facility. The new electric sedan is simply called Air, and it’s actually smaller than competing luxury sedans such as the BMW 7 Series, while displaying the same interior volume as its rivals. The smart packaging of course comes from the electric architecture, which involves having floor-mounted batteries. Power is provided by an 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack, or an optional 130-kilowatt-hour battery – with total output at around 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is enough for a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in a hypercar-like 2.5 seconds.
It will have a predicted range of 400 miles (643 kilometers) on a single charge, it will compete directly with the Model S (315 miles/506 kilometers). Again directly inspired by the Tesla model the Air also has long- and short-range radar, cameras, and Lidar, for “autonomous ready” operation. Prices should also be a match – though Lucid aims at also providing an “affordable” $65,000 version in the future. Construction of the new Lucid Motors factory in Arizona is expected to kick off early next year, with production and sales of the Air announced for 2018.