Tesla is by far the go-to name when it comes to electric vehicles (EV). It isn't that other brands have not come up with their rendition of the EV, but Tesla has been able to monopolise most of the limelight. One of such brands that stands to directly compete with Tesla is Lucid, which recently tested one of its prototypes on an oval race track. The result was a top speed greater than Tesla Model S by a large margin. Lucid Air attained a top speed of 377 kph during a high-speed test on the banked oval at Ohio’s Transportation Research Center. Previously, the prototype hit a governed 347 kph during a test that was conducted in April. The Air's top speed is, in fact, more than most supercars. And the Air's main competition, the Model S, does a top speed of 248 kph. A certain market expects high-speed cruising and the brand is fully committed to fulfilling it, Lucid explained in a statement. The market in question has highways with no speed limits, we're thinking Autobahns.
This is why the Air is being tuned to deliver such high speeds. These tests will include evaluation of effects of high-speed, the stability of the vehicle, tyre response and powertrain thermal management. The data collected through these tests will be applied to improve the performance of the production version.
So far, it is not known how fast with the production Air be. It will definitely lower than those achieved in these tests, especially because the prototype had custom aerodynamic elements for high-speed stability and even a parachute to help it slow down in a case of an emergency.
Lucid have clarified that the Air's speed will not come at the cost of efficiency, adding that the larger the motor used for bigger speeds will deliver better efficiency than smaller motors for lower speeds.
There will also be a more powerful version of the Air, which will boast of 1000 hp and a 640 km range on full charge. The smaller Air will produce 400 hp and a 384 km range, prices of which will start at $60,000.
However, a bit of a hurdle or rather a massive problem that Lucid faces is that the company so far does not have a manufacturing plant yet. Last year in November, Lucid announced that deliveries would begin in 2018m but the date has been pushed back to 2019.