According to MSN Autos, the world of high-end, high-powered electric vehicles will no longer be the sole realm of Elon Musk and Tesla Motors. Lucid, based in Menlo Park, Calif, is about to unleash a new car. Called “Air” the sedan is expected to generate 1,000 horses and carry an unmatched electric charge range.
Lucid is pretty confident in their new baby. They say the Air uses a proprietary drive-train, integrating an electric motor and transmission into one system. The drive-train was developed in-house, and is reportedly smaller, more efficient, and more power-dense than its competitors. As for reliability, the battery pack took 10 years to develop and utilizes a unique chemistry that is allegedly more tolerant of repeated fast-charging. That’s the kind of charging and recharging behaviors in which drivers of electric cars regularly engage.
How fast will it go? How far will it go? Those are the issues that have, so far, bedeviled makers of electric cars. Visions of being stranded on the open road lurk behind the eyes of every potential buyer today.
Lucid expects the Air to go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds! That’s faster than any sane person needs to go.
Lucid anticipates, according to techcrunch.com, an effective driving range of 400 miles on a single charge. The 400-mile figure is important. It is believed to be the tipping point that would drive buyers into the all-electric showroom. That’s because 400 miles is about as far as the average driver will go in a day.
The Lucid Motors’ plan is to build these electric vehicles in Arizona, beginning in 2017. The new factory facility will bring around 2,000 new jobs to the state.
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings