The Lucid Air appears superficially the identical because the early prototype we noticed in 2017, however a lot has modified. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ]
Again in 2017, I acquired my first face-to-face encounter with a Lucid Air, when the startup electrical vehicle-maker introduced one among its early prototypes to Washington, DC. Its EV mixed distinctive styling with some progressive packaging, with the technical group being led by a CTO who can depend being the Tesla Mannequin S’ chief engineer amongst his CV highlights.
Lucid’s timeline may need slipped a bit from the unique plan—buyers are a lot much less reticent about placing their cash into EV startups than they had been in 2017, after which the pandemic occurred—nevertheless it’s on observe to start deliveries of the Air later this 12 months. And on Sunday, I used to be lucky sufficient to go for a experience in one of many firm’s present prototypes to see how issues have modified.
From the skin, the Air appears like little else in the marketplace. It is a easy form, with a comparatively lengthy hood and a brief trunk, accented by the polished aluminum pillars that body the glasshouse. Superficially it appears a lot the identical as once I first noticed it, however most of the particulars have modified alongside the best way to what could be a class-leading drag coefficient of simply 0.21.
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