Earlier this year, California-based startup Atieva made waves by showcasing a vehicle named Edna.Edna was a relatively normal-looking white cargo van, only it was packing some serious electric firepower beneath its utilitarian skin.As we showed you previously, Edna blew the doors off a Tesla Model S P90D, a Ferrari California T, a BMW i8, and a Dodge Viper in a straight drag race, using two electric motors and more than 900 horsepower to get the job done.Edna was primarily a powertrain test for Atieva though, and now under the name Lucid Motors, the brand is prepping to release its very first production car.Officially unnamed at this point, the vehicle is designed to compete head-to-head with the Tesla Model S, something made all the more interesting when you realize Lucid Motors CTO is former Model S Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson.How will the Model S and Lucid Motors stack up?
Lucid Motors, a new electric car company, announced at a press conference today that it would begin building its manufacturing center in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2017.Parts and supplies for the facility will come from the state of Sonora in Mexico, which borders Arizona.Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that the company expects to bring 2000 new jobs to Arizona and invest $700 million in the site by the year 2022.Brian Barron, Lucid Motors director of global manufacturing, said that Lucid will begin hiring for the production facility as early as next year.Barron noted that he himself is a navy veteran and that Lucid has committed to training and hiring American military veterans for positions at the new facility.During the parade of local elected officials and Lucid executives at the lectern, two of Lucid s alpha prototypes rolled into the plaza in front of the Arizona state capital building in Phoenix, where the event was held.
After teasing its Tesla-fighting luxury sedan the company formerly known as Atieva announced plans for a factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.Groundbreaking will take place next year, with the goal of starting production in 2018, a Lucid blog post said.That s a pretty ambitious schedule for a company that has never built a car before, and still needs to create a working factory from scratch.By 2022, Lucid expects to have over 2,000 full-time employees at the site.The site selection process began over a year ago, Lucid said.The company considered over 60 potential sites in 13 states, and said there were several factors behind the choice of Arizona, including proximity to its Silicon Valley headquarters, a solid supply chain, and availability of a suitable site.
Lucid Motors, a startup formerly known as Atieva that's based in Fremont, California, will show off its electric sedan in mid-December.The startup emailed invitations on Friday to members of the press for the reveal, which will take place at Lucid Motors' prototype shop on December 14.Lucid Motors will also offer rides in the "executive sedan" at the reveal.Lucid Motors wrote on its website that the car will come with automated driving systems.Peter Rawlinson, the former vice president and chief engineer for Tesla's Model S, is the chief technology officer of Lucid Motors.Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member, helped co-found the company before he was ousted as CEO following friction with its largest shareholder, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding, in April, The Guardian reported at the time.Sam Weng, who currently serves as Lucid Motors' COO, also helped found the company.Lucid Motors has yet to name a new CEO following Rawlinson's departure.Lucid Motors has released a series of videos featuring its tech in a van dubbed Edna.The most recent video, from October, indicated that the vehicle was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.74 seconds.Lucid Motors executives told Reuters in June that the company was planning to get the electric premium sedan on the road in 2018, with luxury crossovers slated to arrive in 2020 or 2021.Recode's Mark Harris retrieved an image of Lucid Motors' electric sedan via a public records request in October:A Lucid Motors spokesperson told Business Insider that the image is an early concept that is not representative of the car that will be unveiled in December.The spokesperson said Lucid Motors' manufacturing facility will be built in Casa Grande, Arizona in 2017.LeEco, a Chinese internet company founded and run by Chiense billionaire Jia Yueting, is a minority investor in Lucid Motors.Yueting is also an investor in electric car start-up Faraday Future.Faraday Future is preparing to unveil an electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but the automaker has faced setbacks, such as halted construction on its $1 billion factory in Nevada.LeEco raised $1.08 billion to develop its electric car, the LeSee, in September.
Silicon Valley startup Lucid Motors expects on Wednesday to reveal a production version of its electric sedan, a competitor of the Tesla Model S, and to begin accepting reservations for the car, slated to begin assembly in late 2018.Lucid represents the latest attempt by auto makers backed by Chinese money, including U.S. startups Faraday Future and Karma Automotive as well as NextEV, to crack the U.S. auto market.But those ambitions ran into challenges in 2009, when U.S. car sales fell to their lowest level in about 30 years and General Motors and Chrysler underwent government-backed restructuring.Car deliveries in China soared past those in the U.S. during that time.That segment isn t yet dominated by traditional auto makers and has been spurred by incentives in China, though it has struggled amid low U.S. gas prices.These guys are coming in at the highest levels and saying we want to be Tesla or better, said Michael Dunne, a longtime auto industry consultant who spent years in Asia.
The new era of luxury mobility starts here, says Lucid Motors, and this eye-catching Tesla rival is the part of that promise.Revealed today at Lucid s prototype shop in Fremont, CA, the handiwork of the automaker formerly known as Atieva is the Lucid Air.As well as being a luxury sedan, Lucid claims the Air will also be be the perfect commuter vehicle, while offering the power of a sports car at 1,000 HP.That, they argue, is hamstrung by its dozens of different variations on a theme.The Tesla Model 3 won t be a direct competitor to Lucid s first car, but it ll spread the Tesla brand far and wide.On the one hand, Lucid s first car will be a sports car, intended for those who truly enjoy driving according to Jenkins.
California-based Lucid Motors revealed its first car today, a fully-electric sedan aimed at the executive market, with a 400-mile range rating from its onboard 100kWh battery, a 2.5 second 0-60mph time, and a target market date of 2018.The vehicle prototype was shown off today at a special unveiling event in Fremont, California.Lucid s founding team includes CTO Peter Rawlinson, a former Tesla team member, as well as Derek Jenkins, previously of Mazda and VW, and BMW alum Brian Barron.The Lucid Motorsplan is to build these electric vehicles starting in 2017 in Arizona, at a new factory facility that s set to bring around 2,000 new jobs to the sate according to the company and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.020a12 8e195f9a784f4ee6847903f792d08061mv2 d 3413 2235 s 2Rawlinson previously noted that the cars would cost a combined 1,000 horsepower across its electric motors, and that there would be a version made available with a max 400-mile estimated range.
US-based electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors, which is partially backed by Chinese money, on Wednesday unveiled its US$100,000 luxury concept car with plans to put the vehicle on the road by 2018 to compete with Tesla Motors.Lucid, which counts China s LeEco, venture capital firm Tsing Capital and state-owned Beijing Auto among its investors, is the latest company attempting to build electric cars from scratch to crack the US and Chinese car markets.It joins the ranks of carmakers such as LeEco-backed Faraday Future and Karma Automotive, a subsidiary of Chinese automotive components company Wanxiang Group Corporation, in a race to compete with and even unseat Elon Musk s Tesla Motors.The Air, which is still a concept vehicle, comes with two electric motors that deliver a combined 1,000 horsepower, offers a driving range of over 640 kilometres, and will purportedly be able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/per hour in just 2.5 seconds.Lucid has ambitious plans in that it hopes to start producing cars by 2018, leaving less than two years for the company to build its factory, finalise the production design for the Lucid Air and manufacture the vehicles.The company has already begun taking US$2,500 deposits from consumers eager to get their hands on the car in 2018, despite the fact that the company s planned factory in Arizona has yet to begin construction.
Step aside, Tesla Model S, there's a new kid in town.More accurately, there will be a new kid in town in 2018, when Lucid Motors launches the Air, a luxury EV that was unveiled Wednesday at a company event in Fremont, California.The car, which will cost more than $100,000 at launch, will have supercar-class specs: two motors with a combined 1,000 horsepower and a zero to 60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds.It will also have some autonomous features, including cameras, radars and Lidar.Lucid also claims there would be an option with a 130 kWh, 400-mile range battery; for comparison, Tesla's priciest Model S variant, the P100D, boasts a 337-mile range.The standard Air model, however, will have a 100 kWh battery, just like the P100D.
To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.If a fully-loaded BMW 7-Series and Tesla Model S were to get chatting at the office Christmas party, the new Lucid Air would be the result.Revealed on 14 December, the new all-electric vehicle is a luxury saloon car with 1,000 horsepower, a 400-mile range and private jet levels of rear-seat refinement.The car has a 100kWh battery pack – the same as the largest offered by Tesla – but Lucid Motors says it has a 130kWh model in the works, which would be the largest battery ever fitted to a production car.With an electric motor on each axle and four-wheel-drive, the Air has a claimed 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars ever produced.That acceleration is the same as the Tesla Model S P100D with the Ludicrous Speed option installed , but Tesla boss Elon Musk recently said a software update will take that car's 0-60 sprint time down to 2.4 seconds.
The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors AirLaunching an electric car company seems like the go-to folly of today s billionaires, but wants to be more than just a vanity project of its well-heeled backers.Big words, certainly, and even with some industry heavyweights on the staff, it s no small challenge.Electrification was a footnote until the Model S – and its vocal fans – demonstrated there was an appetite for it.Indeed, several times during the company s launch presentation yesterday, the Air was compared to what the E Class and S Class Mercedes offered.Interior space is S Class-esque, Lucid says, but without the comparatively large external footprint.
Every time an electric luxury car debuts, it s automatically billed as some sort of Tesla fighter.Few actually live up to that moniker though, at least until now.After weeks of teasing, Lucid Motors formerly Atieva finally took the wraps off the Air EV, and the brand did so in Tesla s backyard of Freemont, California.The reveal event gave us our first unobstructed view of the vehicle in the metal, as well as a list of specs that should be eye-opening to even the most close-minded EV critics.Starting at around $100,000, the Air equips a 100kWh battery pack as standard, but a larger 130kWh option is coming with 1,000 horsepower and approximately 400 miles of range.That s more power and range than you get in the flagship Model S P100D, and with a 0-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds, the Air is neck-and-neck with its rival in terms of full-throttle starts.
Lucid Motors, a startup based in Fremont, California, unveiled its electric car at an event on Thursday that it claims boasts specs rivaling Tesla's Model S.Lucid Motors, formerly Atieva, was co-founded by Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member who was ousted as CEO following friction with the company's largest shareholder, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding, in April.Peter Rawlinson, the former vice president and chief engineer for Tesla's Model S, is Lucid Motors' Chief Technology Officer.The startup has yet to name a new CEO.Despite not having a CEO at the moment, Lucid Motors unveiled its long-range electric sedan, the Lucid Air, at its prototype shop in Fremont.Scroll down for a closer look: View As:
Lucid Motors brought its alpha prototype of its first production luxury EV to CES 2017.We wanted it to be like the dazzle ships in World War I, said Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson.Then he pointed out that the camo is actually the word Lucid exploded across the side of the car.The result is a vehicle that has been designed from the ground up to maximize the space that an electric powertrain allows.Thanks to Lucid s development history, the car will have a 300-mile range, with the option to up that to around 400 miles.The key, Rawlinson said, was Lucid s breakthrough technology that allows the batteries to be repeatedly charged at high-powered fast chargers and not degrade as quickly as competitors systems.
The auto industry is one of the hardest to break into as a vehicle maker, so it’s great that we have two young companies working in that space on stage at Disrupt NY 2017 in May to talk us through the process of being new in a field where the dominant players haven’t changed much in almost a century.Lucid Motors, makers of the forthcoming Lucid Air luxury electric sedan, and Local Motors, the collaborative vehicle concept creator working on everything from autonomous electric shuttles to cargo drones, will join us for a discussion of what it takes to be a new kind of vehicle company – and to show the world that there’s even room for that kind of venture to exist.Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson, the car maker’s Chief Technical Officer, has a lot of experience with being an upstart in cars – his previous job was as a Vice President and engineering lead at Tesla Motors, where he led development of the Model S and ushered the company from boutique luxury oddity to the first truly viable U.S. electric-specific automaker.Rawlinson leads Lucid’s vehicle development team, and is a truly hands-on engineering executive who knows the hardware and business challenges involved in bringing a brand new EV to market.Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers is equally eager to build the next-generation U.S. automotive brand, but he’s taking a very different approach.The former Marine and Harvard MBA built his company around the idea of vehicle concept “co-creation,” in which a community of over 30,000 individuals including designers, engineers, fabricators and fans collaborate on crowdsourced car designs.
We knew Lucid Motors’ Air was going to come in a super-exclusive, super-expensive configuration, but now the electric car company has spilled the details on its cheapest model.A luxury sedan, it’ll go head-to-head not only with EV heavyweight Tesla, but BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too.Indeed, it’s the Germans that Lucid Motors is specifically targeting with today’s pricing announcement.According to the pitch, the Air will deliver more comfort, a better interface, and greater performance than “comparably priced” cars from either BMW or Mercedes.Of course, different states have their own incentives which could take it lower still: California, for instance – where Lucid is based – offers a $2,500 incentive on select cars.The automaker says that it has a 240 mile range on a single charge, and “all hardware necessary” for autonomous driving.
Chinese-backed startup Lucid Motors is bolstering its pitch to join Silicon Valley’s electric-car industry, saying its battery-powered “Air” sedan will come with a lower base sticker price than Tesla Inc.’s popular Model S.The catch: it won’t be available until at least 2019.By then, similarly-equipped EVs are expected to be more...
Startup Lucid Motors has revealed more details about its first long-range electric car, the Lucid Air.The base Lucid Air vehicle will start at $52,500 after federal tax credits and have a range of 240 miles, Lucid Motors announced on Wednesday.That would put the sedan in closest competition with the Tesla Model S 75, which has a range of 249 miles and starts at roughly $70,300 after federal tax credits.Lucid Motors, formerly Atieva, was founded by Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member who was ousted as CEO following friction with the company's largest shareholder, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding, in April 2016, The Guardian reported at the time.Peter Rawlinson, the former vice president and chief engineer for Tesla's Model S, is Lucid Motors' chief technology officer.Lucid Motors, which is based in Menlo Park, has yet to name a new CEO.Scroll down for a closer look at the Lucid Air: View As:
Lucid Motors—the Silicon Valley automotive startup aiming for the same luxury market as Tesla, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—has finally put a price on its upcoming all-electric ‘Air’ sedan.The base version of the ‘Air’ vehicle will be priced at $60,000 (before federal tax incentives) and will be able to drive 240 miles on a single charge.Once federal tax incentives are applied, the base priced Air will cost $52,500, the company said in an announcement Wednesday.Customers can place a $2,500 deposit to reserve a car but they’ll be waiting a while.The Air will be manufactured in Arizona and deliveries will begin in 2019, the company says.Lucid Motors previously said it would begin producing its cars in the fourth quarter of 2018.No word on pricing for the autonomous software or if it will be standard.The Air’s base model will come with 2-way power front seats, LED multi-lens array headlights, four screens with interactive-touch surfaces on three, 5-seat configuration with a rear bench seat, 10 advanced airbags, an aluminum roof, 19-inch wheels, and a 10-speaker audio system.It will also be able to update the vehicle’s software “over the air,” a capability that has been valuable for Tesla and is considered required for autonomous cars.Tesla regularly updates the software in its cars via wireless networks to enhance performance and fix security bugs.
Lucid Motors made its first auto show appearance at this week’s 2017 New York Auto Show — and it came prepared.The electric-car startup unveiled an “Alpha Speed Car” prototype of its Air luxury sedan that just achieved a claimed 217 mph at the Transportation Research Center test track in Ohio.That’s the same as a Ferrari LaFerrari.The Alpha Speed Car was pulled from Lucid’s fleet of prototype test vehicles for high-speed testing, and was fitted with a roll cage and large rear spoiler.Lucid says the 217 mph top speed, which was achieved on a 7.5-mile oval track, was actually software limited.It makes the Air one of the fastest electric cars around, assuming production models can achieve the same performance.