Lucid got here to New York Metropolis to showcase the Lucid Air EV and its new studio (showroom) within the stylish Meatpacking District. Lucid’s first EV ships later this yr, the corporate says. Lucid’s Gravity SUV is due in 2023. Lucid

Lucid Motors, the EV enterprise, opened a brand new studio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District this week, and holding courtroom among the many coloration swatches, T-shirts and video screens was a pre-production Lucid Air Grand Touring, in-built Arizona in February. Derek Jenkins, Lucid’s senior vice chairman of design and model, was the tour information. 

“That coloration is Cosmos Silver,” Jenkins stated on the studio, used for info, check rides and—had been it not New York State—probably gross sales. “The Dream Version will launch with Stellar White, Infinite Black or Eureka Gold.”   

Okay, they’ve to color them some coloration. The assembled journalists had been extra within the promised trip, in addition to the out-of-this-world specs on the Dream Version ($169,000 earlier than the $7,500 federal tax credit score) that would be the first Air electrical automotive provided. The Dream can have 1,080 horsepower accessible from twin motors driving all 4 wheels, and may attain 60 in 2.5 seconds, with a 9.9 quarter mile. The aerodynamic profile, with a 0.21 coefficient of drag, helps with the takeoff. The Dream is “absolutely reserved,” stated spokesman Andrew Hussey, with doubtless just a few hundred constructed. 

The $139,000 Grand Touring tones the efficiency down solely barely, with a three-second zero to 60 time. Nevertheless it additionally has the mannequin’s highest vary, at 517 miles (as a substitute of the Dream’s 503). Each automobiles have a prime pace of 168 mph and a 113 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack. 

Aluminum Monocoque Retains the Weight to five,000 Kilos

The Air is constructed round a monocoque shell that gives power and holds weight in test. Lucid

The Air, which weighs roughly 5,000 kilos through an all-aluminum monocoque (the steel pores and skin is the automotive’s structural ingredient), can be sensible, as Jenkins demonstrated. It has a cavernous trunk (together with a decrease degree that may usually home the non-existent spare tire) and huge, shallow “frunk” (entrance trunk; the biggest of any electrical automotive, Lucid claims)—additionally with a decrease degree. The rear seat is comfy, with good leg- and headroom. The Grand Touring sits on 21-inch wheels with Pirelli tires, and has an incredible glass cover roof that flows proper into the windshield. The solar visors are bonded to the glass, which makes for an arresting sight. Pure and Touring fashions come normal with a steel roof. 

34-Inch Glass Cockpit Show

Lucid Air EVThe 34-inch instrument panel of the Lucid Air. Lucid

Drivers face a 34-inch display screen that gives info that, with a swipe, might be transferred to a decrease display screen the place options corresponding to seats, mirrors and therapeutic massage features are usually managed. That decrease display screen can be folded up if a button is held for one second. There are at least three locations to regulate the radio quantity. 

As with different automakers claiming large shows, Lucid’s is three smaller LCDs bonded right into a single curved panel. The Cadillac Escalade cites a 38-inch OLED show. It, too, includes a number of panels inside a single body. Usually, the panel gaps are hidden by the steering wheel and, at first look, the composite appears a single show. The Byton M-Byte SUV that was purported to ship this yr (the corporate suspended enterprise through the 2020 peak of the Covid-19 pandemic) can have a 48-inch show.

Check Drives? Not But. Check Rides? Hop Proper In.

Lucid Manhattan studio, like many automotive showrooms, has a robust provide of branded merchandise.  Jim Motavalli 

However journalists have been sitting within the Air for years, admiring its tech. The automaker has been considerably sluggish to supply check drives, contemplating the automotive will launch later this yr (with reservations taken now). Precise drives are promised in August or September.

As an alternative, in New York visitors, we acquired a check trip at the back of one other Air. The prototype was very quiet round city, with out squeaks or rattles. However that gained’t make headlines—these are reserved for the neck-snapping acceleration when the motive force floored the automotive on a quiet stretch of twelfth Avenue. It was, actually, breathtaking.

“It’s a rocket ship,” the motive force stated. Not hyperbole. 

Acceleration Matches Most Any Automotive on the Market

Lucid Air EVLucid Air check automotive on the streets of Manhattan. Lucid

Driving is totally different from driving, however the automotive—a sensible sedan, for gosh sakes—felt quicker off the road than absolutely anything else available on the market, together with some vaunted supercars. Now the difficulty will probably be getting would-be consumers to snap their very own necks, contemplating that many states proceed to ban direct gross sales of automobiles, and others—together with New York—solely allow Tesla that privilege to this point. The numbers are in flux, however roughly 20 are open to direct gross sales, the identical quantity are closed, and round 10, together with New York State, permit solely Tesla to promote direct.

Along with the Manhattan studio, Zak Edson, senior director of retail operations and certainly one of many Tesla refugees at Lucid, stated the corporate has additionally opened comparable facilities in West Palm Seaside, Miami, San Jose, Beverly Hills, Century Metropolis, Newark (California) and Chicago, with Scottsdale and Boston to open quickly and Vancouver, Canada as its first international location. 

“We needed areas the place prospects can be on foot, and it will be super-simple for them to simply stroll in and be taught in regards to the firm,” Edson stated. Hussey stated that the studios will probably be giving check rides later this yr. “A lot neck-snapping will ensue,” he stated. 

Newer Trim Strains Will Promote Beneath $100,000

Lucid Air Grand Touring within the Manhattan studio. Jim Motavalli

The Lucid pricing will get toned down in fashions to reach later. The usual Touring mannequin will provide 620 horsepower, 406 miles of vary and a $95,000 price ticket. Zero to 60 is 3.2 seconds. The only-motor $77,400 base Pure, will provide 480 horsepower. Lucid initiatives it would solely construct 577 automobiles in 2021, then 20,000 items in 2022. 

Lucid has been round since 2007, as Atieva, a developer of batteries and drivetrains for EVs. It has provided the battery pack for the worldwide Method E race collection within the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Atieva was rebranded as Lucid Motors in 2016 with the purpose of constructing and promoting premium electrical automobiles. The Lucid Air sedan is the primary car, to be adopted in 2023, Lucid says, with an SUV referred to as the Lucid Gravity.