The Lucid Motors Air Promises to Deliver What Tesla Doesn’t

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The Lucid Motors Air has debuted and it could be a real Tesla killer.

Equipped with the largest battery pack in the automotive world, the Lucid Air has an optional 130-kWh battery to deliver an all-electric range of 400 miles (643 kilometers). The company said a 100-kWh battery is standard but it’s unclear what range that model offers.

The aim of the new luxury sedan is to fill the luxury, sports and commuter needs of drivers with its electric motors combining to offer 1,000 horsepower and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of just 2.5 seconds.

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The car is also ready for autonomous technology, with short and long range radar, cameras and Lidar. Some of the self-driving features will be available at launch while others will be added through over-the-air updates, just like Tesla.

Pricing for a well-optioned model is expected to exceed $100,000, but the company wants to deliver a cheaper model around $65,000 in the future. Production of the Lucid Air is said to start in 2018 at the company’s new factory in Arizona.

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  • Noe

    Exceed USD 100,000 ……….. Tesla hasn’t found the road easy ………..

    Good they want to offer competition but they are not even looking at realism

    Buying this for excess of USD 100,000 a disaster. Buying this thing used in future a completely nightmare

  • Jeff Safire

    Ridiculous article. So, the only thing that’s mentioned over Tesla is the 400-mile range? With production not starting until 2018, this is still a dream scribbled on a napkin. Tesla will surely have a car with 400-mile range by 2018.

  • Jeffery Surratt

    Looks like the 100 kwh battery will have the range of about 325 miles. If the company could deliver the car for $65,000 you might have enough buyers, anything higher and it will limit sales. I am not sure they will have anything ready to sell by the end of 2018. 2020 maybe.