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Published on December 17th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Lucid Motors Air Test Ride

December 17th, 2016 by  


What’s it like to ride in the recently unveiled Lucid Motors Air? Quite nice, from the sound of it.

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It may not have been an actual test drive — the reviewer was just chauffeured around by a company engineer — but the account from an Engadget reporter is pretty compelling, and provides some interesting thoughts to go along with the official images recently released by the company.

So, what was the Air like from the inside? Very spacious and comfortable, apparently, just like the company claims.

Engadget provides more: “I’m six foot, three inches, and finding a car with ample room in the front is difficult. The Air’s front and back seats accommodated my long legs and rather large head with no problem. … What was a surprising addition was the back seat that reclined, similar to the seats in first-class aircraft. It’s an odd feeling lying in the back of a vehicle, staring up through its glass roof. But I could get used to it. In fact, who could be bothered to ride shotgun when you can nap your way to your destination?”

That’s an interesting approach to differentiate the Air. It must also be difficult to implement — and Lucid’s ability to do so must relate to some degree to the EV drivetrain.

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Continuing: “While I was sitting behind the driver’s seat (but not actually driving), three displays filled the dashboard. It’s a touchscreen experience except for the climate controls (but those can be moved to the touchscreen as well). If that’s not enough, an additional iPad-sized fourth display will emerge from the center dash at the push of a button. The controls on all of these screens are easy to reach and self explanatory. Yes, it’s fancy, but it’s not overdesigned. That feeling permeates throughout the whole car.”

Even the reclining ability of the rear seats is apparently controlled by a dedicated touchscreen system located in the back. That certainly does sound “fancy,” but that’s no doubt a lot of what motivates someone to drop $100,000 on a car — something that depreciates in value rapidly over just a few years.

Interestingly, the chauffeured test drive included a demonstration of some semi-autonomous driving — with the car driving itself a bit, down a straight road, around a turn, and into a parking lot. It’s not clear how far along the company is with its self-driving tech, but presumably it’s not yet on par with Tesla’s.

As a reminder, Lucid Motors is aiming to start manufacturing the Air sometime in 2018.

 

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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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