Lucid Motors won't be the first luxury automaker with a sleek electric sedan. But the company debuts this fall with a lot of promise and hype — and in the large shadow of Tesla Inc.
Lucid CEO and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rawlinson — an engineer with major stints at Tesla, Corus, Lotus and Jaguar — was the brains behind the Tesla Model S.
Under Rawlinson, the Silicon Valley startup has already claimed the honor of marketing and selling the first EV with an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles.
The $169,000 Lucid Air Dream Edition R, a 933-hp version of the Air sedan, when fitted with 19-inch wheels, is rated at 520 miles. And it is already a sellout.
But Lucid is readying several other, less expensive versions of the Air. The Dream Edition Performance and Grand Touring models have a range of 469 to 516 miles, depending on specific wheels.
The Air will be followed by an SUV, the Gravity.
Like Tesla, Lucid plans a direct assault on the ultra-luxury segment that has long been the domain of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS and, more recently, Tesla's Model S.
Over time, as new Air models are introduced, Lucid will compete on power, range, comfort and opulence. We've collected some early reviews of the Air from the automotive media.