Lucid, one of many corporations that appears prefer it might have the most effective probability to doubtlessly discipline a real all-electric competitor to Tesla’s Mannequin S, is transferring its headquarters to a new facility in Newark, California — one with twice the area of its present base of operations in Menlo Park.
The brand new headquarters is meant to provide Lucid room to develop because it prepares to launch its Lucid Air, the primary automobile from the corporate. The Lucid Air is a four-door sport sedan with a high pace of greater than 235 mph, energy output equal to 1,000 horsepower and a goal launch date of someday in 2019.
Lucid’s aim with the automobile is to design one thing that may stand by itself, as an alternative of simply matching up favorably in a comparability chart with the Mannequin S. The corporate designed the car from the bottom up with a shared use mannequin in thoughts, making a luxurious car that’s additionally appropriate for a collaborative consumption car-sharing future supplemented by autonomous car know-how.
The automaker nonetheless cites the “subsequent two years” as a “defining interval” for the route and product growth, so it sounds prefer it’s nonetheless on monitor to make the Air occur within the 2019 timeframe. It’ll have some heavyweight firm, nonetheless — that’s the identical goal Tesla is capturing for with its $200,000 new Roadster.