2021 Lucid Air Electric Sedan Debuts Online on September 9
Lucid Motors’ headquarters and Tesla Motors plant are 10 miles away near San Francisco’s East Bay, and their original offerings – the future Air sedan and eight-year-old Model S – are meant to be carefully compared.
Despite rubbing elbows, the corporate cultures of the two companies are polar opposites. As Elon Musk quarreled with Alameda County over the idling of his factory during the COVID-19 epidemic, then challenged officials to “stop me first “when it reopened early, and then threatened to move their headquarters to another state, Lucid obediently dimmed the lights at his headquarters, restricted them to only essential employees on site, and sent others home to work on computers portable. They adapted. No layoffs, no leaves (in fact, their crew of around 1,000 members will increase by 700 by the end of the year). No headlines. Workforce in the Bay Area is now gradually returning, and construction of the Casa Grande plant in Arizona has never been interrupted, with its buildings now closed and the painting line underway ‘installation.
Tesla’s turbulence against the calm waters of Lucid, you might say. And now, with the debut of the New York Air Show, Lucid is avoiding any sort of introduction of a Tesla-style rock car and instead showing his production Air sedan in an online event on September 9. Who knows? Maybe Lucid has even more to share. Stay tuned.
But Tesla already seems to at least show its awareness of the approach to Air. With a Zen design, a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and advantages in the interior space thanks to a miniaturized powertrain, the Air also has a claimed autonomy of more than 400 miles. California work remote controls put Lucid’s plans on hold for a real-world demonstration (instead, posting a video), but Tesla recently announced that the Model S Long Range Plus has now officially crossed the barrier, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifying it 402 miles away (after, yes, a tweet from Musk about the EPA behind the test).
Fire against water. It’ll be fun to watch.