‘An executive jet experience for the road’

The car is powered by two electric motors that generate 745 Kw and enable a 0-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds.

By Marco Della Cava 20/04/2017

The designers behind the Lucid Air (lucidmotors.com) are clear about the inspiration for their electric luxury sedan.

"We wanted to create an executive-jet experience for the road," said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Motors' chief technology officer, in December. Moments earlier, in a warehouse in Fremont, Calif., he had pulled a black silk cover off the Air, the company's debut automobile.

"We're using cutting-edge technology to minimise space taken up by components and maximise the space for passengers," he said.

The Air's speed and cabin design certainly do evoke an executive jet. The car is powered by two electric motors — one each in front and back — that together generate 745 Kw and enable a zero-to-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds.

Though this is a mid-size sedan, the rear passenger area is spacious enough for optional seats that can recline 55 degrees. The cabin is also equipped with a 29-speaker audio system and a noise-cancellation feature.

"It's a bit like what you get with a Maybach, but without the bulk of that car," said Rawlinson, who was the vice president of vehicle engineering for Tesla and the chief engineer of the Model S.

The Air's battery provides a 485-kilometre range that can be upgraded to 645 kilometres. Lucid Motors, which is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, has announced plans to build a factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, and begin delivering cars by the end of 2018.

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