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Published on October 23rd, 2016 | by James Ayre


Atieva Is Now Lucid Motors — Long-Range & Super-Quick EV Planned For 2018

October 23rd, 2016 by  

Atieva, the creator of the electric supervan Edna that we’ve written about quite a lot here at CleanTechnica, has changed its name to Lucid Motors.


The company revealed the name change in a recent blog post on its website, where a brief overview of its history was provided. We also dove into some rather interesting historical connections between Atieva, LeEco, Faraday Future, and Jia Yueting in a recent article.

As you may recall, Atieva was originally only a battery technology firm, before then transitioning to electric vehicle (EV) development as well. Given the situation, a change of name before the launch of its first EV makes sense.

That event — the unveiling of a prototype version of the firm’s first EV — is expected to take place before the end of the year. The firm is also planning to bring a production version of the model to market by 2018.

The new Lucid Motors electric sedan will reportedly feature an 87-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, 900 horsepower, and a 0–60 mph time of under 3 seconds.

Here’s the text from the full blog post:

Introducing Lucid Motors

A new identity for a new era of luxury mobility

Today we are proud to share our new identity: Atieva is now Lucid.

Our name embodies what ambition, drive, and a clean-sheet design can achieve. It is the freedom to draw inspiration from the possibilities of the future, not from what is dictated by a heritage from the past. Freedom from such boundaries has enabled us to focus our attention on what a luxury automotive experience can be. This clarity of purpose is what defines us.

Our company started in 2007 with a battery and an idea. We wanted to contribute to the growth of electrified vehicles and we focused our initial efforts on developing a battery system that could be scaled to work across many vehicle types. The batteries that we built have now logged millions of miles of real-world driving. As we expanded our efforts to developing complete powertrain systems, it became clear that the most direct route to increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road was to develop our own.

In 2014 we began engineering an electric vehicle of our own design. One unbound by the conventions of internal combustion or heritage. One that takes full advantage of the advanced technologies driving dramatic shifts in the mobility experience: electrification, automated driving, connectivity and ridesharing.

Now, as we prepare to launch our first vehicle, we transition.

As a group of passionate engineers, designers and other professionals, we are putting the Lucid philosophy to work. With the guiding principles of user-focused design, advanced technology and premium craftsmanship, we are fully utilizing the unique performance and packaging benefits of an electric vehicle. The result is an experience that is effortless, intelligent, and personalized. An experience unlike any other on the road.

It has been an exciting road for our California-based company and there are many more milestones to come. We invite you to join us on this journey. Spend some time with our new website and subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to learn details of our upcoming activities.

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About the Author

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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