|Performance:||0 – 60mph in 2.5 seconds||Power:||Up to 1,000 horsepower|
|Top Speed:||TBD||Range:||Up to 400 miles|
|Battery:||100 kWh Standard, 130 kWh Optional||Price:||$65,000 - $100,000|
|Battery Supplier:||Samsung SDI|
Silicon Valley based Lucid Motors Company started as Atieva in 2007 based on an idea of developing a battery system that could be scaled to work across many vehicle types. The batteries they built have now logged millions of miles of real-world driving. Later on they started to develop complete powertrain systems to create their own brand of Electric Vehicle.
In 2014 they began engineering an electric vehicle with their own design. The purpose they described for their vehicle was going to be the one that takes full advantage of the advanced technologies driving dramatic shifts in the mobility experience: electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and ridesharing.
On November 2016 Lucid Motors announced Casa Grande, Arizona, as the location for our cutting-edge $700 million automotive factory. The chosen location is critical for their pro-business mindset, excellent workforce, forward-thinking academic institutions, proximity to their Silicon Valley headquarters, strong regional supply chain, and availability of a suitable property.
Lucid Air is not a typical electric vehicle, it’s not designed only economy in mind. The vehicle starts with a very innovative chassis which the entire body structure is aluminum including some areas like the middle B-pillar. This state of the art chassis can carry the 1,000 HP, 745kW drivetrain in luxury with jaw-dropping rocket like acceleration. The vehicle’s foot-print is the size of a Mercedes Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series Sedan however the wheelbase and the cabin is similar to Audi A8 Plus or Mercedes Benz S-Class.
The interior resembles Tesla S with its large touch display and Aston Martin or Bentley style with its luxurious unique material and quality of craftsmanship. The front seats feel like they are designed to give full control to the driver in a luxury jet-like cockpit atmosphere. The rear seats have a completely different feeling; with its almost fully reclining seats, makes you wonder if you are travelling in 1st class airline seat...spacious and very comfortable.
The Lucid Air achieves these attributes with its latest technology in powertrain and chassis systems, with the ability to automatically adjust parameters hundreds of times a second to ensure optimal dynamic control. It has an advanced all-wheel drive using two electric motors, one front and one rear, which can modulate drive torque with incredible accuracy and response, giving the ideal torque to the front and rear axles based on surface conditions. Vehicle has torque vectoring by braking, working in synchronized harmony with the electric powertrain to direct torque to specific wheels to increase traction and improve cornering ability. Active suspension ensures both a comfortable ride and an optimized tire contact patch for superb grip and precise handling. These systems, and many more, work hand in hand to deliver magnificent dynamic ability.
The vehicle can be reserved now with two different editions. The “Launch Edition” is going to be 255 vehicles only in limited quantities which require a deposit of $25,500 USD. After the First 255 limited Launch Edition models, you can reserve a “Standard” version with a deposit of only $2,500 USD directly from Lucid Motors, Inc.
by Greg Mc Kenzie