2018 Lucid Air electric car
How many times have you heard of a start-up who wants to go on a Tesla hunt with an insane, super elevate electric car? Most of the trials run more or less in the sand, but in this case it could be different. The talk is of the new E-car manufacturer Lucid Motors from California. And from its 1,000-hp, pure-electric luxury Lucid Air Sedan, to which first details have now been published.
650 kilometers of range
The Air does not just want to score with a hair-raising performance. Lucid Motors promises a range of 400 miles, or nearly 650 kilometers, as well as fast-charging batteries that will not lose their capacity over time and various charging operations. And that, although the batteries are developed with Samsung. Bad jokes about the long-lasting battery constitution of the Korean electronics giant have been overridden at this point of your imagination.
Formula E supplier
PR-technically much more appealing is the message that Lucid was recently chosen as the sole battery supplier for Formula E. The current batteries had to be replaced so far at the racing half-time, but the Lucid batteries should have enough juice to last a whole race. The manufacturer says its powertrain is “smaller, more efficient and has a greater force density than the competitors”. This statement is probably also a small greeting to Tesla.
Space like a long S-Class
According to development engineer Peter Rawlinson, the space-saving electric drive allows entirely new design possibilities. For example, the air “should have the space range of an S-Class with a long wheelbase, although it is only slightly larger than an E-Class and shorter, narrower and flatter than a Tesla Model S.” And Rawlinson must know, after all, he was one of the heads behind Tesla’s successful limousine. The man for Lucid design is Derek Jenkins. In his CV, among other things, the current Mazda MX-5. With the Air, he has drawn a futuristic-cool sedan-shooting-brake-mixture, which looks somewhat cool-reserved, but very high-quality. Inside there is a true overkill of screens, a lot of glass and – for an extra charge – very inviting lounge chairs, which can be tilted up to 55 degrees backwards to create a feeling like in a business class flight.
Regarding the ability of autonomous driving, Lucid remains somewhat reserved. The Air was equipped and prepared to drive autonomously. By regular software upgrades, it would be able to be upgraded to complete autonomy. If you prefer to drive yourself, you get a more comfortably tuned car, but it can be pushed forward like the devil. Lucid talks about 0-60 mph (0-97 km / h) in 2.5 seconds.
Lucid Air release date and Price
It may seem that the company comes from nowhere, but Lucid from the battery technology company Atieva, The company is located in Silicon Valley, but the construction of the Air will take place in Arizona and headed by an ex-BMW production manager. All this does not really sound like the usual start-up air locks. By the end of 2018, however, Lucid Air will still be available in the USA. There he is offered “well-equipped” for over $100,000. At a later date, models will be available for as little as $65,000.
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