The Lucid Air, an all-electric saloon, maturing in 2019, mixes sports car handling with the comfort of a luxury saloon, its marketing manager, said.
David Salguero told the Coach that the development of the Air, a car that is claimed to have a 400 mile range, is being led by former Lotus, Jaguar and Tesla engineering chief, Peter Rawlinson, that is Lucid’s technical director.
Salguero said Rawlinson, the experience is going to guarantee the seat in Arizona is the first delivery model is like driving a car that is capable of taking on offerings from established marques such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
The use of a double engine of four-wheel traction with up to 1000bhp in its most potent form, the Air will be considerably more powerful than its conventional rivals. Its creators believe that the low placement of the batteries it will also help the car steer at least as effective as the rivals.
“The Air has been designed with sufficient flexibility to be future-proof,” Salguero said the Coach during an exclusive interview. “This is the kind of car that driving enthusiasts will be equal to the unit. Rawlinson is the best man for the job â€“ he knows how to make a beautiful-handling car.”
Lucid is not aiming the Air directly at the Tesla Model S, but instead of a wider window of performance luxury saloons, including models such as the BMW 750Li. Salguero said that this long-wheelbase BMW â€“ which is 150 mm longer than a 7-Series â€“ was, in reality, the reference Air to the space in the cabin, but the car in general of smaller dimensions.
“By miniaturising the EV propulsion system, we can do that [Air] small on the outside but big on the inside,” he said. “It will have a big, comfortable, ample interior space, comparable [size] for the S-Class long wheelbase, while being approximately the same size as an E-Class.”
The Air reached 235mph during the tests in July and is claimed to be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds in the top-spec form. An entry-level model that uses a motor will also be produced, offering 250bhp and 240 miles of range, allowing the prices for Air-starting at $52,500 (around Â£39,653).
“The performance is only a part of what the car is about,” he added Salguero. “The speed and the acceleration are by-products of the [top-spec] – car 400 miles of range.”
Salguero explained that Lucid of the experience in batteries â€“ including working with McLaren, and in the next-generation of the Formula E battery packs that is going to allow the car to run two times â€“ it is the promotion of the brand, the technology and the knowledge.
Lucid has also teamed up with Samsung SDI to accelerate the development of batteries, as well as the former Tesla partner Mobileye, a specialist in autonomous vehicle technology, to give the Air an autonomous capacity from the first day of production. The hardware uses a sensor composed of cameras, radars and sensors lidar.
In a statement from the company earlier this year, Lucid, said: “These technologies will allow a comprehensive Advanced Driver Assistance System to the suite on the release and, then, enable a logical and safe transition to autonomous functionality via over-the-air software updates.”
Salguero said that, as things stand today, the car is 95%, with investors “absolutely we take it seriously,” as the Air arrives at its final stages of development. Lucid Arizona, from the factory, which is currently under construction, is scheduled for start of production is Passed on to the customers from 2019, when 10,000 models. Finally, Lucid is proposed for the production of 60,000 units per year. The factory will be at capacity, the demand must reach it, to produce up to 130,000 units per year.
Lucid intends to bring the Air to Europe, including the uk, but Salguero said that “no announcement has been made” as to when it will be. Long-term, the company plans to produce more luxury models, but Salguero said Lucid “you want to make sure that the brand is established and well understood before you do anything else.”