Lucid introduced the Air in 2016 and now the company has announced plans to unveil the production model in April.
The company is keeping details under wraps, but confirmed the debut will take place in New York. Given this, it’s possible the vehicle will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show which kicks off on April 8th.
Regardless of when the debut takes place, Lucid told us “In addition to its final interior and exterior designs, you can expect key details on the revolutionary Air to be shared, including production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information.”
In concept form, the Lucid Air was powered by two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one powering the rear, making for a combined total of 1,000 hp. At the time, Lucid has said it would offer customers the choice of 100 kWh or 130 kWh battery pack, with the latter promising up to 400 miles on a single charge. Lucid has said that it will cost north of $100,000.
In the meantime, the company is busy dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. As part of this effort, Lucid is building 80 beta prototypes, which are “highly representative of the production Air,” at their Silicon Valley headquarters. These models will be extensively tested to ensure everything is up to snuff.
Furthermore, engineers are fine tuning a number of components including the brakes, steering and traction / stability control system. Lucid will also perform body and chassis durability testing as well as crash tests.
While all this is going on, construction continues at Lucid’s new plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. The company says most of the structural steel will be in place by the end of February and the first pre-production Air should roll off the assembly line in the early part of the fourth quarter. If everything goes according to plan, the first models will be built before the end of the year, with the company aiming at a production of 15,000 vehicles within the first 12 months.
Lucid is also in the process of setting up a sales and service network. There’s no word on where stores will be located, but the company said these centers “will not only give customers a firsthand experience of our vehicles but provide exceptional service once they are on the road.”
The automaker is currently accepting reservations for $1,000 and is planning to take the Air on a nationwide tour this summer. Of course, we’ll learn more about that in the coming months.