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Saudi-backed Tesla rival Lucid Motors unveils four electric vehicle models

Saudi-backed Tesla rival Lucid Motors unveils four electric vehicle models

The flagship Lucid Air EV will start at just under $80,000

Lucid Motors, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), has unveiled production and pricing details of its Lucid Air electric vehicle line-up, with the ‘base’ model starting at just under $80,000.

The line-up includes the flagship Air, Air Touring, Air Grand Touring and Air Dream Edition with deliveries starting in the spring of 2021.

With up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, the Lucid Air can accelerate a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds. The company says
its EVs can achieve an estimated EPA range of up to 517 miles on a single charge.

The Air is built on the ‘Lucid Electric Advanced Platform’ architecture, which will become a common platform for all forthcoming Lucid vehicles. Lucid said it has achieved the miniaturisation of its drivetrain, reclaiming more space for the passenger cabin.

When it arrives at the market, the Lucid Air will also be the fastest charging electric vehicle available, with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute when connected to a DC Fast Charging network. For owners charging their Lucid Air in real-world conditions on the road, that can translate into 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes of charging.

Read: Saudi-backed Lucid Motors claims it will have the fastest charging EV in the world

Lucid has been involved in Formula-E races for years and count on 10 years of experience and over 20 million miles of real-world testing in creating its 113kWh battery pack.

In front of the driver is a 34-inch curved Glass Cockpit 5K display that seems to floats above the dashboard. Also, a retractable central touch unit offers control for other vehicle’s systems and functions. Unlike Tesla, Lucid is not all digital displays, with physical controls for steering wheel functions, a volume control roller, and alloy toggle switches for tuning climate settings.

Glass cockpit displays are combined with tactile physical controls.

Lucid Air’s advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) offers 32 sensors, covering vision, radar and ultrasonics, to provide Level 2 and Level 3 driver assistance technologies.

Lucid comes with Alexa built-in for voice commands navigation, calling, streaming media and AC.

Production at the Lucid Motors factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in the coming months, with deliveries of the Lucid Air to North American customers to commence in the spring of 2021.

The Air Touring model will be available late 2021, from $95,000. The Air Grand Touring, available mid-2021, will start from $139,000, Finally, the limited-volume Air Dream Edition, will be available spring 2021, at $169,000.

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