Electrical automobile start-up Lucid unveils Air sedan to tackle Tesla
“What we have is a breakthrough in electrical automobiles,” he informed media forward of the Air’s unveiling on Wednesday. “That is not simply resulting from batteries, it is resulting from a complete host of massive image pondering that is added up.”
Rawlinson, who was the Mannequin S chief engineer and vp of engineering at Tesla from 2009 to 2012, claims the Air – priced “nicely north” of $100,000 – is 17% extra power environment friendly than Tesla fashions, permitting for extra vary with fewer cells.
The Air closely resembles earlier prototype fashions and an idea of the automobile, which Lucid initially unveiled in 2016. There are small modifications to the outside, together with bigger aspect mirrors to satisfy laws, in addition to curved screens within the inside.
The automobile is estimated to realize an EPA-rated vary of 517 miles on a single cost, in line with third occasion testing. That simply tops Tesla’s industry-leading 402 miles with a model of the Mannequin S. It can also obtain 1 / 4 mile in 9.9 seconds, in line with Rawlinson. Tesla’s quickest automobile reportedly takes 10.4 seconds.
“This has by no means been executed earlier than,” Rawlinson stated. “An electrical automobile which has obtained 500-mile vary and is the quickest factor on the planet.”
The corporate says the automobile, because of a 900-volt structure, can cost 300 miles in 20 minutes. Its highest charging charge is 2 miles per minute, in line with Lucid.
Beginning pricing for the Air will vary from about $80,000 for a base mannequin to $169,000 for a limited-volume “Dream Version.” The upper priced automobiles are anticipated to go on sale within the second quarter of subsequent 12 months, adopted by decrease priced fashions within the fourth quarter and into 2022.
Lucid says the Air will come to market with 113 kilowatt-hour battery pack, however smaller packs with much less vary can be accessible sooner or later, seemingly lowering the value of the automobile.
The efficiency and vary of the automobile varies by worth. Prime-end fashions are anticipated to realize greater than 500 miles and supply as much as 1,080 horsepower. The corporate didn’t disclose particulars in regards to the entry-level mannequin.
Lucid says an enormous differentiator is its inside. The Air affords the house of a big sedan in a midsize automobile, in line with Derek Jenkins, vp of design at Lucid. “That is the place the marvel of Lucid packaging and our house content material is sort of unimaginable,” he stated.
Inside of the Lucid Air sedan.
The automobile encompasses a “floating” driver info display screen behind the steering wheel in addition to an angled management touchscreen within the decrease middle of the sprint.
Rawlinson expects the Air to be the catalyst for a lineup of future all-electric automobiles, together with an SUV beginning manufacturing in early 2023 and extra reasonably priced automobiles down the road.
The automobile is predicted to start manufacturing early subsequent 12 months on the plant being constructed in Casa Grande, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix. Manufacturing was scheduled to start late this 12 months however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The $700 million facility, together with $300 million for the primary part of manufacturing, is predicted to have an preliminary automobile manufacturing capability of 34,000 items, which Rawlinson believes will develop to a most capability of 400,000 items towards the top of the last decade.
Lucid is amongst a number of electrical automobile start-ups and “conventional” automakers trying to compete with Tesla, the worldwide chief in EV gross sales. Up to now, nobody has been capable of rise to the extent of the Silicon Valley automaker.
Lucid was based in 2007 as Atieva, a reputation it now makes use of for its engineering and tech arm that provides batteries to electrical racing circuit Components E. The corporate first targeted on electrical battery expertise earlier than altering its title and shifting to an electric-vehicle producer in 2016, three years after Rawlinson joined the corporate to steer its expertise growth.
The Lucid Air sedan is the corporate’s first manufacturing automobile.