Lucid Motors will not be the primary luxurious automaker with a glossy electrical sedan. However the firm debuts this fall with loads of promise and hype — and within the giant shadow of Tesla Inc.

Lucid CEO and Chief Know-how Officer Peter Rawlinson — an engineer with main stints at Tesla, Corus, Lotus and Jaguar — was the brains behind the Tesla Mannequin S.

Underneath Rawlinson, the Silicon Valley startup has already claimed the honour of promoting and promoting the primary EV with an EPA-estimated vary of greater than 500 miles.

The $169,000 Lucid Air Dream Version R, a 933-hp model of the Air sedan, when fitted with 19-inch wheels, is rated at 520 miles. And it’s already a sellout.

However Lucid is readying a number of different, inexpensive variations of the Air. The Dream Version Efficiency and Grand Touring fashions have a variety of 469 to 516 miles, relying on particular wheels.

The Air might be adopted by an SUV, the Gravity.

Like Tesla, Lucid plans a direct assault on the ultra-luxury section that has lengthy been the area of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Sequence, Audi A8, Lexus LS and, extra not too long ago, Tesla’s Mannequin S.

Over time, as new Air fashions are launched, Lucid will compete on energy, vary, consolation and opulence. We have collected some early evaluations of the Air from the automotive media.