California-based electric car start-up Lucid Motors pulled the wraps off its first production-intent car, the Air. It is a fully electric sedan which offers a luxury interior and sports car-like driving experience.
The Air is aimed at the ‘executive' luxury segment and it has a 400-mile (644 km) driving range before running out of juice from its 100kWh battery. The car has been designed by the company to offer all the latest techs available in the market, which are: electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and ride sharing.
Lucid Air has a unique packaging of fully electric drivetrain. The advantages of using electric motors are that they are much smaller than a combustion engine and can be integrated into each individual wheel or placed at each axle.
The new electric model is an all-wheel drive car and has a power output of 1,000bhp. With lightweight electric motors and massive power output, the company expect the Air to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in about 2.5 seconds.
For autonomous driving the car is equipped with six radar modules, eight cameras and four LIDAR sensors, and each carries the responsibility to detect obstacles and understand the surroundings.
The dashboard display shows what the sensors and cameras detect. Other features include adaptive cruise control and the ability to change the lane by its own.
There will be two variants of the Air; standard and launch edition. The ‘launch edition' is the top-of-the-line model which is expected to come with a price tag of $160,000 (approx. Rs 1.09 Cr). Options for this model include a glass canopy, a hi-fi audio system with 29 speakers and an executive ‘jet interior' rear seating package.
The standard version is for customers with a smaller budget. However it uses the same powertrain as the launch edition, but with fewer techies inside and outside. The entry-level model is expected to priced at around $85,000 (approx. Rs 57.5 lakh).
Lucid has already done engineering on the body for the production model and has developed each and every aspect that would feature in the Air. Last month, it had confirmed that it made a deal with Arizona to built its manufacturing facility in Phoenix.