Lucid Motors has launched their new EV named Air. The company which seeks to redefine sustainable transport solutions with a touch of luxury launched the car in Silicon valley in a web broadcast. Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors stated the company’s motive to accelerate sustainable mobility adoption around the globe and to do so be relentless in their approach by pushing boundaries of EV technology and expanding the horizons of the industry while making an approach towards a cleaner future.
The Lucid Air utilises something called Lucid Space Concept, a way of miniaturising the drivetrain of the electric propulsion system to maximise the potential for inner cabin space. It is based on the Lucid Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP), a unique platform base for the company’s present and future cars. Implemented using a totally clean sheet approach to EV construction and discarding former designs.
With 1080 horsepower being churned out by the dual-motor, four-wheel drive design, which enables the car to sprint a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds repeatedly and consistently, beating the Tesla model S’ 10.4 second benchmark and putting the car right on top of the powerful EV sedan performance figures and being the throned as the only EV sedan to do a quarter mile in under 10 seconds. The Lucid Air’s speedy performance is complemented by an extended-range capability that achieves an estimated range of up to 517 miles on a single charge.
The car also boasts of tremendous fast charging speeds which can roughly be translated to (in-real world conditions according to the manufacturer and using DC network fast charger) an estimated 20 minutes of charge for 300 miles of range. The batteries have been developed after an accumulation of a decade in experience and over 20 million hours of real-world testing to make the 113kWh battery back with extended range.
The unique construction of the vehicle which allows for maximum space inside the cabin, amounts to luxury car spaciousness while maintaining a sports sedan measurements from the outside, similar to how bezelless designs on todays smartphones have allowed the screen to be bigger while allowing the body to be smaller. The design helped the car to have the biggest trunk in an EV to date with front and back trunks.
The Interiors are as mind boggling as the performance figures, with a 34-inch curved glass 5K display above the dashboard. A retractable central pilot system placed for greater control of the vehicles functions. In addition, physical control buttons which have been crafted with precision for the steering wheel, volume and climate control settings have been provided with built-in Alexa voice recognition to control an array of vehicular functions. The car also comes with Advanced Driver Assistance system which uses 32 sensors, radar, LIDAR and ultrasonics and geo-fenced mapping to provide level 2 and 3 driver assistance.
The Lucid Air range starts from $80,000 to almost $170,000 for the top spec limited edition version, with additional benefits from the Federal Govt, upwards of $7000.
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