A startup headed by a former Tesla exec just unveiled its Model S rival
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.
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.
The car, which features a panoramic sunroof, also has an output of 1,000 horsepower, according to Lucid Motors
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.
Seat that recline 55 degrees