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Lucid Group, Inc. is an American electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Newark, California.

Lucid Motors CEO sees US$25,000 electric cars in 4 years, but they won’t be from Lucid Motors

Joann Muller / Axios »

Americans are warming up to the idea of electric cars, but the purchase price is still too high for many people, who also worry about how far their car will go before the battery needs recharging.

  • The $169,000 Lucid Air Dream, while financially out of reach for most people, has an unprecedented 520-mile driving range — efficiency that can be carried over to lower-priced models.
  • “The biggest challenge I’ve always faced was getting money, not going bankrupt, having that investment as a startup to develop this,” Rawlinson said, pointing to Lucid’s debut model.
  • “Start with this, but my passion: get this down from $169,000 to under $70,000 by the end of next year.”
  • “Efficiency’s the key, and our technology will drive down the (battery) pack size in this car. And driving the pack size will drive down the cost. And that’s where we get to a $25,000 car. And I think that could come three to four years from now.”

But it likely won’t be a $25,000 Lucid, Rawlinson also tells Axios. Instead, it will be other brands, selling high-volume models with smaller, cheaper battery packs based on Lucid’s efficiency breakthroughs.

Lucid, Rivian, Hyundai among finalists for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

Finalists for the North American Car of the Year include the Lucid Air, along side the gas-powered Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf Mk VIII.

Rivian R1T

Rivian R1T

Finalists for the North American Truck of the Year include the Rivian R1T, along with gas-powered Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Finalists for the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year include the Hyundai IONIQ 5, along with gas-powered Ford Bronco and Genesis GV70.

North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Reveals Finalists for 2022 Awards »

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2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year » Lucid Air

Lucid Air

Motor Trend says »

With futuristic looks, a futuristic powertrain and futuristic performance and economy, is the Lucid Air the car of the future? At the very least, it’s our 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year, having impressed the judges and pushed the frontiers of electric performance and luxury vehicles far forward, with aces in all six criteria. Hear from the MotorTrend editorial team how Lucid pulled off such a feat in its first go.

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EV startups Lucid and Rivian deliver first EVs to customers

Lucid Air

Wall Street Journal »

Rivian Automotive and Lucid Group Inc., two electric-car startups looking to emulate Tesla Inc.’s success, are making their marketplace debuts, shipping their first models to customers and planning to expand production.

Lucid, a California-based upstart that went public in July through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company, began building its first all-electric Air sedans in Arizona in September and started delivering them to customers Saturday.

The company, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund, is looking to target the high-end market for luxury electric cars—a niche long dominated by Tesla—with the Air, a model that starts at $77,400. The first versions delivered over the weekend cost around $169,000.

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2022 Lucid Air, a worthy Tesla opponent

Lucid Air

Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal 🔒 »

Designed in California and built in Arizona, the Air’s headline-making numbers are an estimated 451-520 miles of range, depending on model/trim—figures that handily exceed Tesla’s long-legged Model S Long Range (405 miles). As to how the 6-year-old EV start-up managed to outdistance the mighty Tesla, the short answer is higher system voltage. We’ll get there.

I spent a few hours last week driving one of the investor early-bird specials: the limited-edition, all-sold-out Air Dream Edition Performance, with a dual-motor array maxing out at 1,111 hp, which turns out to be enough. Hunkered down on optional 21-inch summer Pirellis, and with a center of gravity seemingly at the center of the Earth, the Air DEP hurtled through miles of California-redwood country like a mag-lev roller coaster, after which I needed a high-tech luxury bucket. Oh yeah, it hustles. The car’s 0-60 mph acceleration (2.42 seconds) would draw a roughing-the-passer penalty in football. Superb brakes, too.

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