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Opinion by honghatcdnc posted 5 months ago
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Dissecting the new EVs on the block. Faraday Future and Lucid have several things in common. Both companies employ several of Tesla’s former employees and both of their cars use similar technology and chassis design as Tesla. In our First Ride, we noted that both vehicles feature an electric motor at each axle and a lithium-ion battery pack between them. The FF 91 features a flat battery pack under the floor – much like the Tesla Model X crossover and the Tesla Model S sedan, while the Air features a stacked battery pack under the center console. But in terms of styling, they’re worlds apart. The FF 91 more closely resembles a crossover in profile, while the Air is undoubtedly a sedan. Despite these discrepancies, we want to know which one you think is the better looker. Check out the styling differences between the Faraday Future FF 91 and Lucid Air below and tell us what you think. Up front, the FF 91 features a blunt fascia with a low center air intake flanked by two higher air intakes on each side. Those narrow slits sit below the slim LED headlights with LED accent lighting that spans the full width of the front and curves up at the sides. A propitiatory...
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Opinion by honghatcdnc posted 5 months ago
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Even when large automakers produce concept cars that preview a production model, those cars don't seem very real (especially when the production version ends up looking nothing like the concept). Now, with startups getting into the business of making cars, their high-tech gadgetmobiles end up feeling a lot like vaporware. Call it an act of good faith, then, when a newcomer like Lucid Motors provides details about the cold weather testing of its 1,000-horsepower luxury EV. Even better, the company has given us this really satisfying video of the Lucid Air getting sideways in the Minnesota snow. Lucid took its powerful prototype to the frigid north to see how a variety of its systems work when the temperature dips to -18F. Lucid's steering and chassis engineering manager, David Lickfold, writes that such conditions give his team an opportunity to build upon simulations and climate chamber testing with real-world experience. While the extreme cold certainly provides valuable data about things like battery performance, getting the car out onto actual winter terrain is especially important to fine tune driving dynamics. Driving on packed snow, polished ice, and in the kinds of...
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Opinion by honghatcdnc posted 5 months ago
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EV features unique adaptive LED headlight system Lucid Motors has revealed its production car, which we now know will be called the Air. As we’ve known for some time now, the upcoming electric vehicle is a sedan with an unusual clamshell trunk. What else do we know about it? How about its battery pack capable of supporting 1,000 hp and a range of up to 400 miles, for starters. Lucid says the Air uses a proprietary drivetrain that integrates an electric motor and transmission into one system. The drivetrain was developed in-house, and is “smaller, more efficient, and more power-dense than competitors,” according to Lucid. The company also says the system could be more reliable, too. The battery pack took a claimed 10 years to develop, and utilizes a unique chemistry that is said to be more tolerant of repeated fast-charging. Lucid claims “best-in-class energy density” for its battery pack, though EV startup rival Faraday Future has said the same thing about its batteries developed with help from LG Chem. Lucid has partnered with Samsung SDI for its packs. The car sports a narrow front headlight and “grille” area, and uses an ultra-slim lighting system that’s...
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News by honghatcdnc posted 5 months ago
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Lucid Motors showed off its first production car, the Air. It uses a powerful electric drivetrain, includes self-driving capability and should hit the roads in 2018. California electric car start-up Lucid Motors, which broke out of stealth mode in October, showed off its first production-intent car today, which it calls the Air. The company asserts the new car will offer a luxury interior and sport-oriented driving, with production to begin in 2018. The Air hits the luxury sedan segment. Lucid cites four areas of focus with the car: electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and ride sharing. The car has been designed with all of these capabilities in mind. Lucid is capitalizing on a unique time in the automotive industry, with shifts in technology that have already allowed another electric vehicle start-up to emerge (you might know it, it's called Tesla). As major automakers embrace electrification in their drivetrains, they still have to deal with legacy platforms designed for combustion engines. Likewise, while digital technology makes its way into dashboard for navigation and communications, it lags behind the devices most people carry in their pockets. Lucid...
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Opinion by honghatcdnc posted 5 months ago
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California-based Lucid Motors revealed its first car today, a fully electric sedan aimed at the “executive” market, with a 400-mile range rating from its onboard 100kWh battery, a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time and a target market date of 2018. The vehicle prototype was shown off today at a special unveiling event in Fremont, California. Lucid’s founding team includes CTO Peter Rawlinson, a former Tesla team member, as well as Derek Jenkins, previously of Mazda and VW and BMW alum Brian Barron. The Lucid Motors plan is to build these electric vehicles starting in 2017 in Arizona, at a new factory facility that’s set to bring around 2,000 new jobs to the sate according to the company and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Rawlinson previously noted that the cars would boast a combined 1,000 horsepower across its electric motors, and that there would be a version made available with a max 400-mile estimated range. The vehicle will also have some autonomous features, according to Rawlinson’s previous statements. Previous prototypes have been displayed with the signature black and white camouflage of vehicles worn prior to their official debut, but we did have an idea of what the Air...
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