Lucid Motors, formerly known as Atieva, has unveiled its Lucid Air electric luxury sedan. Some of the specs are already known, as the powertrain seems to be much the same as that used in the company’s hotrod van Edna, but the new car’s design was revealed for the first time.
The Air uses a new battery cell that Lucid developed with Samsung SDI. The company says there will be two battery pack options, 100 kWh and 130 kWh, giving the sedan a maximum range of 400 miles (!).
The dual-motor powertrain has total power of 1,000 hp, and Lucid claims it will do 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds – equivalent to a Tesla Model S P100D.
Lucid has said that the price will be “more than $100,000.” It now says that the first 255 units will be a special fully equipped Launch Edition that will sell for about $160,000. The company is now taking reservations for these (with a $25,500 deposit) and for a less expensive version that’s expected to sell for around $65,000 ($2,500 deposit required).
Lucid hopes to start production in 2018 at a yet-to-be-built factory in Arizona.