Lucid Motors finally unveiled its hyped all-electric, zero-emissions sedan in an event on Wednesday, and the car that made a brief appearance in Los Angeles last month while covered in techno-camouflage came out of hiding.
The Lucid Air debuted at Lucid Motors’ research & development facility in Fremont, California. The cars will be manufactured at a new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The Air will compete with the Tesla’s Model S, which by one account is America’s best-loved car.
Lucid Motors CTO Peter Rawlinson was chief engineer at Tesla, and on Wednesday said Lucid’s target customer is “the environmentally conscious chairman of the board,” reported the Los Angeles Times.
The 1,000-horsepower vehicle is expected to have a range of at least 300 miles. That claim tops the Model S, which gets between 183 and 215 miles on a full charge, depending on the model and how fast it’s traveling. (The company also announced an expanded battery pack in August to extend the range of new cars for an additional fee.) Lucid reportedly plans to sell a larger, 130 kWh battery pack that would give it a range of 400 miles. This would make Lucid Air the first car to surpass the battery capacity and range of Tesla’s electric vehicles.
“One of the breakthroughs that we’ve made is a new kind of circuitry that is very tolerant to continuous use, rapid-charged, continuous cycling, for a 24-hour period,” Rawlinson said in November at the LA Auto Show.