Lucid Motors, an electric vehicle startup formerly known as ‘Atieva’ and developing a new all-electric platform by the former Tesla Model S chief engineer, has been slowly stepping out of stealth mode in the past few months.
After their name change and releasing quite a few teasers, they have now invited a few people to preview their first car, a premium sedan, and now they released the first complete picture of the car with a size comparison with some competitors: Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
As you can see above (cropped in) and below, the car is still camouflaged – though I have to admit that it might be the coolest looking camouflage on a prototype I have ever seen.
The vehicle codenamed ‘Atvus’ is an all-electric luxury sedan and its electric powertrain was developed in Lucid’s Edna test van with a 87 kWh battery pack and an output of more than 900 horsepower.
The production car could actually feature higher performance. Motor Trend was allowed to visit Lucid Motors’ facility in the Bay Area and they claim that the dual motor powertrain has a total power output of 1000 hp:
“On two display stands are complete motor, gearbox, and differential modules along with completed suspensions fastened to either side. There are two powertrain versions: a 400-hp front assembly with a virtual-pivot suspension and a larger rear one with 600 hp and a multilink setup. Both have inverted air springs to reduce unsprung weight. Yep, that’s 1,000 horsepower.”
We are talking ultimately about performance that could be equivalent to the top of the line Tesla Model S. Speaking of the Tesla Model S, Lucid is aiming for the ‘Atvus’ to also have a large cargo space while maintaining a relatively small exterior, which is what the company is trying to illustrate with this picture:
Apparently, this car is meant to be shown at the LA Auto Show this week.
The company has been sharing pictures of the camouflage while mentioning the event:
As previously reported, they also released a few non-camouflaged teaser pictures:
The company, which is US-based but financed by several Chinese investors including LeEco (which is also behind Faraday Future and recently announced being short on cash), is reportedly narrowing down on a location for a factory with planned capacity of ~20,000 units during the first year and a ramp up to 130,000 vehicles annually for the plant.
Lucid Motors aims to debut the vehicle at the LA Auto Show this week and bring it to market in 2018.