Lucid Motors, the Silicon Valley start-up electric car company, has confirmed it will delay the release of its first mass-produced model, Lucid Air, until August, after the New York auto show was canceled due to a new corona virus outbreak. The Lucid Air prototype has been on the road, and according to the plan, its first pre-production models will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2020, and if all goes well, the official production version will be put into production by the end of 2020.
Peter Rawlinson, chief executive of Lucid Motors, said the company was still hiring and moving ahead with plans to start a new car, and that it was in good financial shape and had the money needed to start production.
Information about Lucid Air is currently limited. Officials say the new car will have an electric drive system that can operate at 900V and the Porsche Taycan’s 800V. For reference, the Taycan Fast Charging System lasts 100km in 4 minutes on charge of the 800V DC charging pile.
In terms of power, the Lucid Air Entry Will be powered by a motor with a maximum power of 406 hp with a range of 386km (unannounced test standards), while the top model will be powered by a motor with a maximum power of 1013 hp with a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 2.5 seconds.
In the life-extended section, the new car will be equipped with a 100kWh battery pack and an optional 130kWh battery pack with a range of more than 643km (unannounced test standards).
Media have speculated that Lucid Ai’s starting price is about $60,000 (about 420,000 yuan), directly in competition with Tesla’s Mode S.
However, Peter Rawlinson, Lucid’s chief executive and chief technology officer, said the company had abandoned its low-end version of the product and that the new car would be positioned as a luxury model priced at more than $100,000 (about Rmb700,000) with the goal of competing with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.