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Lucid Motors takes aim at Tesla with gorgeous prototype

by Danny Zepeda | February 13, 2017February 13, 2017 6:00 pm PDT

Many self-proclaimed Tesla killers have come and gone, and most have done nothing to topple the EV giant. The companies will often burst onto the scene with a sleek, futuristic concept, but never do much after that, slowly fading into oblivion. Lucid Motors is aiming to change that with its Lucid Air prototype, which the automaker claims is close to entering mass production.

Most people probably haven’t heard of Lucid Motors. It’s a small company with just over 300 employees that’s crafted one of the best looking cars headed for the EV market. In fact, it’s so far along in the development process that it has completed the construction of multiple chassis, which are being taken on tour around the country.

A few executives from the automaker took one such prototype to Cars and Coffee over the weekend, an event that just so happened to be taking place not too far from the TechnoBuffalo office.

The futuristic sedan captures the eye with its aluminum body, Micro-Lens headlights and stealthy-finish. Some of the Lucid Air’s notable specs include 1,000 horsepower (400 from the front wheels, 600 from the rear wheels), 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, a 100kWh battery that delivers over 300 miles of range, and an interior equipped with touch displays and premium leather.

The car will come with additional options like an all-glass panoramic sunroof, 55-degree reclining back seats and a 130kWh battery with even more range. It will also be priced between $60,000 to over $150,000 depending on the options that are added.

The Lucid Air screams premium, which is necessary in order to mount a convincing challenge to Tesla.

I talked to a few executives from Lucid, including Chief Technology Officer Peter Rawlinson, and he was very proud of the car his team created. The development process of the car began 18 months ago and has made massive gains since. At this point, the entire chassis has been completed, which means the skeleton of the car is set and can be easily reproduced. That’s not the same story with the body, which still requires much more work and time.

A fully built unit with the complete body was shown off at the Cars and Coffee event. The day was rainy and overcast, but that didn’t dim any of the car’s beauty. In person, it’s a stunner. Lucid Motors did a great job crafting a unique design aesthetic that is different than anything on the road right now.

One of the coolest details Lucid is including in each car is a set of coordinates, a set time, and the name of a place which corresponds to a given location that was an inspiration for the Lucid Air. These little details give the car more character. This particular model had: 12:09, Santa Cruz, 36,9741′ N. 122,0308′ W.

Rawlinson mentioned the automaker’s goal right now is for production to start in early 2019, but that is subject to change. There are still many processes the car needs to through, like EPA testing, but Lucid Motors has had the ball rolling for quite a while now. Hopefully, the company can build off the momentum it’s got and push something to the market in the next three years.

For now, we can at least gawk at the Lucid Air prototype, which looks stunning in person.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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