LUCID MOTORS UNVEILS FUTURISTICALLY ADVANCED ALL-NEW LUCID AIR EV | Automotive News | Auto Reporter
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Lucid Motors has unveiled the production version of the highly anticipated Lucid Air electric sedan. The company said that the deliveries of this new pure-electric luxury sedan would start in the spring of 2021.
With up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, Lucid Motors claims the Air sedan can achieve quarter-mile times in 9.9 seconds. As per the date, it is the only electric sedan able to accomplish a quarter-mile time under 10 seconds. It has a top speed of a little more than 320 kmph, and the Lucid Air can hit zero to 100 km in less than 3 seconds. It has an extended-range capability that achieves an estimated EPA range of up to 832 km on a single charge.
Lucid Motors claims that the Air will also be the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered in the market. It can charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute when connected to a DC Fast Charging network. It has companies own developed, compact 113kWh extended-range battery pack.
It has a futuristic design. The headlamps have a Micro Lens Array system comprised of literally thousands of "light channels." Developed entirely in-house, this technology provides the brightest, most advance, and precise lighting system ever.
Air offers a full-size luxury-class interior. It has a 34-inch curved Glass Cockpit 5K display that floats, contributing to the interior's light and airy feel. Also, a retractable central Pilot Panel sits in the driver and passenger's finger-tip reach for more profound control of the vehicle's systems and functions. Several highly tactile, precision-milled physical controls are present to complement the digital displays, including ribbed turbines for steering wheel functions, a volume control roller, and alloy toggle switches for tuning climate settings.
The company has collaborated with Amazon to bring an advanced Alexa Built-In implementation directly into Lucid Air. This enables the driver and passengers to enjoy the full Alexa experience – including navigation, calling, streaming media, smart home control, and adding items to a shopping cart or to-do list – all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
"With the Lucid Air, we have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels," said Peter Rawlinson, CEO, and CTO, Lucid Motors.
However, the Lucid Air price tag, which is seen as a 'Tesla killer' by many, will cost one a fortune. The most affordable variant, called The Air, will come at 80,000 dollars (roughly ₹59 lakh), and the top-end variant Air Dream Edition will set one back by 169,000 dollars (around ₹1.25 crore).