Lucid has said it plans to build 10,000 vehicles in its first 12 months of production and ramp up to 130,000 annually by 2022. The Air model will come equipped with the hardware required for fully autonomous driving, though the software won’t be ready until 2021 or 2022, Rawlinson said.
“There are a lot of bulls; I’m a bit bearish about the software being available,” he said. “But having that sensor suite means we can collect the data, the big data, and that in itself will help accelerate the process toward full autonomy.”
The Air just completed its first high-speed stability test at 217 miles per hour. Its high performance will compete with German luxury manufacturers rather than just with other electric carmakers, Rawlinson said.
“To be credible there, we have to have a car which can run at Autobahn speeds and compete with that set and show its credibility,” he said. “It’s a bit like the diver’s watch. It has to go to 1,000 meters. Maybe the human body can’t take 1,000 meters, but to be credible that watch has to deliver what it says it can.”