Lucid says its new electric sedan is first EV with 500-mile range
Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors, which aims to begin selling its first luxury model, the Lucid Air, in early 2021, said on Tuesday the new sedan is the first to achieve a 500-mile (804km) driving range.
The Lucid Air has an estimated range of 517 miles (832km), as verified in independent testing, Lucid said.
Lucid chief executive Peter Rawlinson told Reuters the Air will initially be priced "well north of" $100,000 (roughly R1,756,740), but said lower-priced versions would arrive later. The Tesla Model S sedan starts at around $75,000 (roughly R1,317,555).
In June Tesla said its new Model S Long Range Plus is the first vehicle certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency to have an estimated driving range of more than 400 miles (643km).
The Lucid Air will be followed by an SUV, built in early 2023 on the same vehicle platform, said Rawlinson, who is the former chief engineer on the Model S, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Lucid is based in Newark, California, , not far from Tesla's Fremont factory.
Lucid was founded in 2007 as Atieva Inc by former Tesla executive Bernard Tse and entrepreneur Sam Weng.
It was initially funded by Chinese and Silicon Valley venture investors, with additional funding from state-owned Chinese car maker BAIC Motor and LeEco, a Chinese technology company controlled by the founder of another electric vehicle startup, Faraday Future, according to investor website PitchBook.
To help fund construction of a US assembly plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, Lucid was boosted by a $1bn (roughly R17,569,180,000) investment in September 2018 by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.
The plant will have an initial annual capacity of 34,000 vehicles, building to 360,000 about seven years later, Rawlinson said.