- Tram Ho
Lucid Motor may be a strange name to international users, but in the US, they are followed by the press in this country every step of the way. Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson was previously the head of the design and development project for the Tesla Model S. Therefore, it is believed that with Lucid Motors, he wanted to create a car that overcomes all the shortcomings of the company. Model S.
Starting the project in 2016 but facing numerous initial difficulties – mainly capital, Lucid has so far received more than 13,000 orders for the Air Dream Edition model. The company announced the price of the Dream Edition version is 169,000 USD.
In September, the company made two important announcements, showing that Lucid is ready to become Tesla’s challenger. Firstly, it has received an official rating from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which claims the vehicle’s range is 823 km on a single charge. This is an unprecedented record for a battery electric vehicle, about 100 miles (160 km) higher than Tesla’s longest-range model.
On Monday, the company announced that the first Lucid Air Dream Editions had left the production line and officially handed over to users in October.
So what is this car considered “Tesla subversive”?
In an event called “Production Preview Week” recently, Lucid Motors invited the American press to visit the factory and test drive the Lucid Air Dream Edition. Most feel extremely impressed with this powerful 1,111-horsepower machine. Electrek calls it “a work of art full of speed”.
Lucid Air Dream Edition is designed to simulate jet aircraft. It looks like an inseparable block, giving the feeling of a spaceship, full of aerodynamics.
The car has some similarities to Tesla in that it is designed in a minimalist form, every detail that appears is really necessary – from the inside to the outside. The rear trunk has a not-so-impressive capacity, but the front trunk is exceptionally large. Lucid said the front trunk space is up to 280 liters, the largest compared to all current electric car models.
Inside, one can see the neatness and cleanliness that is true to the talents of famous designers such as Derek Jenkins or Joan Jung. It also shows a very high level of technology, worthy of a car of the future. Jenkins says Lucid’s advantage is that they “start from scratch,” allowing them the freedom to redefine the concept of “luxury” by harnessing technology and efficiency.
The first impression when stepping inside Lucid Air is that you will feel it is much larger than it looks from the outside. The rear seats are made very special, like a mini sleeping compartment with leather details embracing the rear of the car. The glass roof also adds a sense of openness, but its infrared light-blocking tone still lends a sense of security from the outside world. Another impression that makes it hard to forget this car is the fact that the front and rear seats are designed in 2 different tones.
The car’s display and settings interface are streamlined, showing all you need with a single touch. Jenkins says he and his team put a lot of effort into avoiding his customers having to scroll, or tap repeatedly, through multiple menus.
The highest version is Lucid Air Dream Edition Performanxe, equipped with a dual electric motor with a capacity of 1,111 horsepower, the ability to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 2.5 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 270 km / h. The vehicle uses a 4-wheel drive system.
The 900-volt architecture in the Lucid Air allows for 300W DC charging, allowing the vehicle to travel 480 km after 20 minutes of charging. The car can also be charged by AC, but the capacity is only 19.2W.
When testing on many roads, Electrek’s reporter said he felt the silence of the interior, the steering and the firm but smooth suspension. The car feels comfortable almost immediately, like you’ve driven it before.
Air offers 3 driving modes including Smooth, Swift and Sprint.
The highlight of electric cars is instantaneous torque, which means you’ll feel the car’s acceleration almost immediately with every push of the gas. Sitting on a 1,111 horsepower machine, you will feel like you are sitting in a jet, rather than a car. All acceleration happens in the blink of an eye, and before you know it (you might be going too fast, for example) you’ve already passed it.
Lucid CEO Peter Rawlingson said it was intentional design. Instead of focusing on the 0-100 km/h sprint (Tesla Model S Plaid can do 0-100 km/h in under 2 seconds), Rawlinson explained that he and his team wanted to focus on speed. realism while driving. For example, when you are at low speed and see a wide open road ahead, or you want to quickly pass a freight car, the log is blocking the front, that is when the vehicle’s immediate acceleration is shown.
Why Lucid would be a fearsome challenger
CEO Rawlison said the company’s goal is not only to produce high-class electric cars like the Air Dream Edition, it wants to transfer its technology patents to other manufacturers. This means users have the opportunity to buy cars that are cheaper, more popular than Lucid Air but still experience leading technology.
Another noteworthy point, Tesla’s rise to become the number one electric car company in the world (and has also become the largest car company in the world) is because it solves the most important problem of electric cars: range. work. However, Lucid beat Tesla where they were most confident. It’s like a real challenge, that if Tesla was able to surpass its rivals with technological prowess, they can also be surpassed, with the very thing they are most proud of.
References: Electrek, Inc
Source : Genk