A startup headed by a former Tesla exec just unveiled its Model S rival

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Lucid Motors, a startup based in Fremont, California, on Thursday unveiled its electric car that it claims boasts specs rivaling Tesla’s Model S.

Lucid Motors, formerly Atieva, was founded by Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member who was ousted as CEO following friction with the company’s largest shareholder, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding, in April. Peter Rawlinson, the former vice president and chief engineer for Tesla’s Model S, is Lucid Motors’ chief technology officer. The startup has yet to name a new CEO.

Lucid Motors unveiled its long-range electric sedan, the Lucid Air, at its prototype shop in Fremont. Scroll down for a closer look.


Lucid Motors says its electric sedan can drive 400 miles on a single charge. Tesla’s longest-range Model S, the P100D, boasts a range of 315 miles, for comparison.

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The startup said the Lucid Air can accelerate to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds — the same acceleration Tesla claims its Model S P100D can achieve.

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The car, which features a panoramic sunroof, also has an output of 1,000 horsepower, according to Lucid Motors.

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It also comes with self-adjusting LED lights.


Lucid Motors said the car will come with self-driving capabilities, including lidar, radar, and cameras. The company said the Lucid Air will be “autonomous ready,” but wouldn’t elaborate beyond that.

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Renderings of the car’s interior show it comes with a massive, curved display. Lucid Motors said the car will offer voice control to manage the vehicle’s systems.

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The seats can recline 55 degrees …

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… and the backseats come with tray tables and a flat-screen TV. There’s also a 29-speaker audio system throughout the car, but Lucid Motors didn’t say which sound system it will use.

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Production will begin in late 2018 with deliveries happening shortly thereafter, the startup said.

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The car will start at $100,000, but Lucid Motors said a $65,000 model will arrive later. Lucid Motors is currently taking reservations for the first 225 sedans, which require a $25,500 deposit.

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Lucid Motors has released a series of videos featuring its tech in a van dubbed Edna. The most recent video, from October, indicated that the vehicle was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.74 seconds.

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Lucid Motors has partnered with Samsung to supply the batteries it will use in its production vehicles.

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Here’s the startup’s camouflaged prototype at the LA Auto Show in November.
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With a range surpassing Tesla’s longest-range Model S, the Lucid Air could be a viable competitor when it comes to market.

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But it’s pricey, starting above $100,000 at a time when automakers, like Tesla with its Model 3 and GM with the Chevy Bolt, are releasing more affordable, consumer-friendly electric cars. Whether consumers will be keen to try a new brand with a higher price tag remains to be seen.