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Published on December 15th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Lucid Motors Officially Unveils The “Air” (20 Pictures)

December 15th, 2016 by  

Lucid Motors has taken the wraps off of its long-shrouded, electric luxury sedan, following an official unveiling event. So what do we know now that we didn’t know before?

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The model name for the electric sedan is the “Air;” a 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack comes standard; combined drivetrain performance is 1,000 horsepower; the 0–60 mph time is 2.5 seconds; and the model comes standard with a full self-driving tech hardware suite that includes LiDAR. Pricing is around $100,000 for lower-optioned vehicles. The Lucid Motors website went live ~7 hours ago.

Very interestingly, the company is planning on offering a 130 kWh battery pack option, which will reportedly boost real-world range to over 400 miles per single full charge. That would be a pretty good selling point, I’d say, and a way to differentiate itself a bit from Tesla’s highest offerings — presuming Tesla doesn’t go there as well. (For those who missed our earlier coverage on the matter, the batteries used by Lucid Motors will be supplied by Samsung SDI.)

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Engadget provides more:

“When it comes to power, each electric motor outputs 600 horsepower. That powertrain has been integrated with the HVAC and suspension system in the front of the vehicle. The rear wheels get the same set up with an integrated transmission, motor and suspension. By pacing everything together, CTO Peter Rawlinson said the car has more seating capacity since everything is pushed to the edges of the car. …

“The Air is also autonomous-ready with short and long range radar, cameras and Lidar. Some of those self-driving features will be available at launch but most will be added later via over-the-air updates. Of course, the tech doesn’t stop there. Like most luxury cars it also has a companion app. It also uses voice control like the Amazon Echo or Siri to control aspects of the inside of the car.”

As mentioned at the start of the article, pricing will start around $100,000 initially. The company is planning to offer a $65,000 model at some point, though, it claims.

Production of the Lucid Motors Air is expected to begin in 2018, at the firm’s new/planned facilities in Arizona.

All images via Lucid Motors





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