Lucid Motors took to Fremont California this afternoon to unveil the Lucid Air, an all electric luxury sedan. The company claims the car has 1,000 horsepower, enough to push it 0-60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, right there with the Tesla Model S P100D (before the easter egg that shaves off another 0.1 second). The Air will be a long range EV with 400 miles of range with the 130kWh battery option (or 300 in the standard 100kWh battery. The big question remaining is how it will charge that huge battery.
Also included is all of the sensors required for full autonomy: 2 long range and 4 short range radar, 3 front cameras, 5 surround view cameras, 2 long range Lidar and 2 short range Lidar and driver monitoring camera. All of that is much more than what Tesla has included in their new full autonomy sensor package, which glaringly lacks any Lidar.
Production is set to begin in 2018 at a $700m manufacturing facility to be built in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Like the Tesla Model S, a well optioned Air will cost north of $100,000, but a $65,000 option is in the works as well.
Lucid Motors was formerly known as Atieva, and under that name showed off the Edna, a super fast modified van that did 0-60 in just over 3 seconds.