By B. O’Hare
Lucid Motors, the Californian EV startup that stunned the world with their gorgeous Air concept (above) 3 years ago, have finally broken ground on their Phoenix Arizona plant that’s set to eventually produce 60,000 cars a year.
Set to be complete in 3 stages, the facility will initially produce 10,000 vehicles a year by 2021, with production eventually racking up to that 60k figure mentioned above by around 2025.
Last year Lucid received $1 billion from Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund (which also bankrolls Uber). That funding was vital in making production a reality, and realistically the Air (Lucid’s only car at the moment) wouldn’t be arriving anytime soon without it!
Currently, production of the Air is set to commence late next year. The luxurious sedan will start at approximately $60,000 with a base 75kWh, 400bhp battery capable of around 240 miles (386km) per charge. Opting for top of the range, $100k+ 135kWh spec gives you 400 miles (643km) of range and an astounding 1000bhp – in a 2.5 ton sedan! A mid-tier 100kWh battery with a 315 mile range will also be available. Do you think Lucid will challenge the likes of Tesla, Porsche and Mercedes? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the replies section below…