1000-HP 2019 Lucid Air EV Is A Supercar-Like Speed

Apr 18, 2017 10:13 AM EDT | Anthony Hunter


Lucid Motors made its very first auto show appearance at the 2017 New York Auto Show - and they came prepared. The 1000 hp 2019 Lucid Air sedan just achieved a claimed 217 mph at the Transportation Research Center test track in Ohio. That's already the same as a Ferrari LaFerrari.

The battery pack is developed in-house via cell chemistry that is co-developed by Samsung SDI. The standard capacity is around 100-kWh, with the option of a 130-kWh pack that has a driving range of 400 miles. Lucid claims that its battery has been engineered to be tolerant of repeated fast-charging, which is also expected to help extend the battery's lifespan.

The 2019 Lucid Air's interior space offers a full-size luxury vehicle, which translates to a greater comfort. The car also offers 32 cubic feet of total cargo volume from its front and back trunks combined.

In addition, every Lucid Air will be equipped with the hardware for Level 4/5 autonomy. It's a sensor suite that includes cameras, short - and long-range radar, and lidar. The automaker also recently revealed a partnership with Mobileye, a company that parted ways with Tesla last year, to provide self-driving technology, which will allow Lucid to gather the date that is needed to make autonomous systems more precise.

On the other hand, the top version will have 1000 hp and a range of 400 miles. Lucid is also planning to offer a 315-mile version, as well as a base model with rear-wheel drive that produces 400 hp and a 240-mile range.

The most expensive versions of the Lucid Air will be priced around the six-figure territory, while the base model will start at $60,000 when production begins at 2019. The automaker is also taking deposits of $2,500 per vehicle and plans to start production with 255 Launch Edition models that will have a 315-mile battery and 1,000 hp.

Furthermore, Lucid already has chosen a site in Casa Grande, Arizona, and is now in the process of raising $700 million to fund the plant. However, construction hasn't started yet, leaving the 2019 Lucid Air little time to meet its 2019 production deadline. The automaker expects to build 10,000 cars in the first year and to ramp up to 50,000 per year after that.


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