Lucid electric 'executive sedan': 100-kwh battery, 1,000-hp motor


Prototype for Lucid electric car due in 2018

Prototype for Lucid electric car due in 2018

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From small startups to major established automakers, many companies have Tesla Motors in their sights.

But Lucid Motors—the California-based startup formerly known as Atieva—may have the biggest guns in its arsenal of any of Tesla's would-be rivals.

The company plans to unveil its previously-teased electric "executive sedan" December 14.

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The base model of the Lucid Motors electric car will boast a 100-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack affording a 300-mile range, and a powertrain capable of producing 1,000 horsepower, according to Automotive News (subscription required).

This information came out of a media event held by Lucid earlier this week, at which it announced an arrangement with Samsung SDI that will see the South Korean firm supply lithium-ion cells.

Lucid claims the two companies have developed a new cell design that will offer greater energy density and greater tolerance of repeated fast charging than current lithium-ion cells.

Teaser for Lucid electric car

Teaser for Lucid electric car

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If Lucid really does offer a 100-kWh pack in base versions of its car, it will match the highest-spec current Tesla Model S—the P100D.

The P100D has an EPA-rated range of 315 miles, and Tesla quotes a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.5 seconds.

That roughly matches the range quoted by Lucid to Automotive News. Representatives also mentioned a 0 to 60 mph time of "less than 3 seconds."

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Lucid will also reportedly offer a version of its car with a 130-kWh battery pack, affording a 400-mile range.

These details come shortly after Lucid's announcement that it had chosen a factory site in Casa Grande, Arizona, with the aim of starting production in 2018.

Lucid expects to employ more than 2,000 people at the factory by 2022.

Teaser for Lucid electric car

Teaser for Lucid electric car

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But the Automotive News report claims Lucid only plans to sell 8,000 to 10,000 cars annually for the first few years, and then ramp up to 60,000 units a year at some unspecified future date.

Lucid is now thought to be closely aligned with Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, who has used money from his LeEco tech empire to fund multiple automotive projects.

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That includes Faraday Future, another U.S. startup building a new factory, and planning to launch a Tesla-fighting electric car around 2018.

But Jia said last month that LeEco is now short on cash, owing both to its automotive projects and the recent effort to launch its electronics line in the U.S.

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