Lucid Motors is among the most attention-grabbing of a crop of younger EV startups which can be hoping to duplicate Tesla’s system of launching a luxurious EV as step one in direction of bringing EVs to the mainstream (see our interview with CTO Peter Rawlinson within the March/April 2018 subject of Charged). A prototype of that automobile, the Lucid Air, hit the highway in early 2017, and people who’ve had a experience have posted raves.
Now The Verge experiences that Lucid might reveal an electrical SUV as early as this summer time. Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson informed The Verge it’s “fairly attainable” the corporate might unveil ESUV plans later this 12 months, and two “folks acquainted with Lucid’s plans” mentioned the Lucid SUV is already within the works.
“We’ve got a plan for future fashions in thoughts, and we are able to hopefully be ready to make clear that plan later this 12 months,” mentioned Rawlinson. “Definitely, with Lucid Air platform, we now have a platform that’s ideally fitted to extra autos than simply the Air, and naturally we wish to exploit that.”
Lucid says the Air may have a spread of over 400 miles for the automobile, a Zero-60 time underneath 2.5 seconds, and a prime velocity over 200 mph (such enjoyable!). It can additionally characteristic autonomous driving and Tesla-style over-the-air updates. It’s supposed to enter manufacturing in late 2020 with a base worth of $60,000.
Final September, Lucid secured $1 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) to construct an EV manufacturing unit in Arizona. Nonetheless, the corporate continues to be ready for the US authorities to approve the Saudi funding. Rawlinson informed The Verge the deal must be authorized “within the very close to future.”
Supply: The Verge, Electrek