Auto Start-Up Lucid’s “Air” Might be a Tesla-Killer

Lucid, an EV star-up, is calling its all-electric Air sedan more efficient, faster and more spacious than Tesla’s Model S.

The company claims it has a “breakthrough” in EVs and that it isn’t just batteries but lots of “big picture thinking” that has added up to their Tesla killer, the Air.

Lucid says that the Air is an impressive 17% more energy efficient than any Tesla model which allows great range with fewer cells.

The Air looks much like the 2016 concept Lucid released with some changes to the exterior including larger side mirrors and curved screens in the interior.

The EPA-rated range of the Air is 517 miles on a single charge according to third-party testing. If true on release this would dwarf Tesla’s industry-topping 402 miles its Model S is rated at. The Air also claims to take the Model S in speed; the Air takes a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds where as Tesla’s fastest quarter mile is 10.4 seconds.

The company claims its 900-volt architecture can charge 300 miles in 20 minutes, with its higher rate is 2 miles per minute.

Standard Air models will start $80,000 all the way up to a limited “Dream Edition” that would cost $169,000. The GT version of the Air with a 517 mile range will sell for $139,000 and a Touring version of the sedan with a 406 mile range will sell for $95,000.

The higher end models are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2021. The lower priced models will role out in the fourth quarter of 2022.


London Electric Vehicle Co. Reveals New Age Delivery Van

London company London Electric Vehicle Company has pulled the sheet off the production version of its taxi van VN5.

The VN5 employs the same range extending technology as its TX London taxi vehicle. The new VN5 can now be ordered and deliveries will take place at the end of 2020 shipped from their Ansty, Warwickshire plant.

The VN5 has a WLTP- certified electric only range of about 58 miles from its 31kWh battery. The load area can fit two standard European sized pallets. LEVC claims it can carry up to 830kg. The bodywork of the VN5 has been created so that it has both a side-loading door and 60/40 split rear doors.

With the 3-cylinder gas engine to extend its range the VN5 total range is expected to be over 300 miles.

There will be three variants available. The standard comes with autonomous emergency braking, cruise control, a 9 inch touchscreen infotainment consul and perhaps most important for a delivery vehicle a 50kW DC rapid charger that will take a full charge in just about 30 minutes.

Other variants will include features like heated steering wheel, curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, nicer seats, rear-view camera, and 22kW AC fast charging. Option packs include active safety options, sat-nav and more storage space.