Lucid Motors Air EV boasts 1,000 horsepower, 400-mile range

Lucid Motors Air
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Step aside, Tesla Model S, there’s a new kid in town.

More accurately, there will be a new kid in town in 2018, when Lucid Motors launches the Air, a luxury EV that was unveiled Wednesday at a company event in Fremont, California.

The car, which will cost more than $100,000 at launch, will have supercar-class specs: two motors with a combined 1,000 horsepower and a zero to 60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds.

It will also have some autonomous features, including cameras, radars and Lidar.

Lucid also claims there would be an option with a 130 kWh, 400-mile range battery; for comparison, Tesla’s priciest Model S variant, the P100D, boasts a 337-mile range. The standard Air model, however, will have a 100 kWh battery, just like the P100D.

A camouflaged variant of the Air was first shown at the LA auto show in November.

Now, however, we can see what the near-final version of the car will look like: It’s a futuristic-looking, large sedan, with thin stripes for head and tail lights.

Image: Lucid Motors

Image: LUCID MOTORS

On the inside, it’s all luxury, with two crazy-comfy-looking seats and infotainment gadgets and enormous screens everywhere.

Image: LUCID MOTORS

Image: LUCID MOTORS

Image: LUCID MOTORS

Image: LUCID MOTORS

Lucid plans to start producing the car in its new Arizona factory in 2018; the company anticipates to have more than 2,000 full-time employees at the facility by 2022. As for the lithium-ion batteries that will power the car, they will be supplied by Samsung SDI; the two companies announced a partnership in December.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/15/lucid-motors-air/