Lucid Motors Will Unveil its Luxury Electric Air Sedan on September 9th
【Summary】Lucid Motors will reveal the production-ready luxury-electric Air Sedan on September 9th and here's what we know so far.
Luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors has officially announced that the production-spec version of its ultra-luxury Lucid Air sedan will make its global debut on September 9 via an online event.
In an official press release, the company said that it aims to redefine standards for sustainable transportation with its upcoming electric vehicle portfolio starting with its Air sedan.
The Lucid Air was originally slated to be revealed in April during the New York International Auto Show. However, the annual event was canceled to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, so Lucid rescheduled the Air's debut.
The global premiere of the Lucid Air will offer insights into the electric sedan's production-ready cabin and exterior features. The company will also announce specifications about pricing and the different configurations the luxury EV will receive.
Lucid Air's Details and Competition Check
According to the company, the aesthetics of the Lucid Air have been designed to exude a California-inspired style. The EV has been conceptualized to offer a blend of ultimate luxury that rivals the Mercedes Benz S-Class with race-proven electric powertrain technology. The overall dimensions of the Lucid Air are similar to any mid-size sedan.
Lucid claims that the Air will offer an all-electric driving range of over 400 miles and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds.
These figures are quite close to what the American electric vehicle pioneer Tesla recently announced for the latest version of its flagship Model S sedan, which will be Lucid Air's rival in the luxury EV segment. The Tesla Model S offers an EPA estimated 402 miles of range and a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 2.3 seconds for the Performance version.
As manufacturing resumes across the country, Lucid Motors has managed to retain its entire workforce during the shelter-in-place mandate to combat the COVID19 pandemic. With over 1,000 employees, the company disclosed that it is taking a phased approach to resuming its operations.
Lucid is Making Progress on Production and Infrastructure Development
Lucid Motors is making considerations for state and local protocols and revealed that over the last 90 days, it has hired over 160 new employees, which aided the company in accelerating its vehicle development. Lucid intends on growing this number, adding more than 700 new employees by the end of the year.
Lucid Motors is also making impressive progress with its infrastructure development. The company is close to completing the first phase of construction on its brand new Casa Grande, Arizona factory where the Air will be built.
The manufacturing facility in Arizona is the only factory in the country which is being built from scratch with the sole purpose of electric vehicle production. Lucid estimates that it will be able to produce anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000 units each year out of its new Arizona factory.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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