If the Lucid Air engineering mules starting to roll down the line at the company's new $700 million Arizona assembly plant don't expose any flaws in manufacturing or in punishing real-world testing, production of the high-performance electric sedan will start next spring.
Lucid officials on Wednesday showed the production-intent Air large sedan, the first of several planned variants of the car. The Dream Edition model will launch first with 1,080 hp, hit 60 mph — or 96 km/h — in about 2.5 seconds and cruise as far as 832 kilometres on a single charge, the company claims.
The car has a 900-volt electrical system that can be charged at the rate of 32 kilometres per minute.
With the market filling fast with pure EVs from luxury brands such as Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and Cadillac, Lucid aims to create a niche by being different.
It's focus is on craftsmanship, high-quality manufacturing, lightweight luxury materials, advanced electronics, a user-friendly buying experience and, perhaps most importantly, blistering performance and abundant interior space.
Lucid officials made several claims in an introductory video for the car Wednesday. They said the Air will have the largest frunk (front trunk) of any vehicle on the road, but did not offer any measurements. The powertrain and battery pack is 17 per cent more efficient than the nearest competitor, but company officials didn't provide any figures.
The Air's powertrain, according to Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson — a former Tesla engineer — is the focal point of the car. Lucid engineers combined the electric motor, transmission and power inverter into one unit and then worked on reducing its size while increasing efficiency. That, and a battery pack that is curved to aid aerodynamics, and interior packaging, created the Air's spacious cabin, though measurements for legroom, headroom, etc., have not been released.
However, in a video, the car's rear seats folded forward and a surfboard was placed inside. The rear storage area has two levels.