Endgadget journalist, Roberto Baldwin, got a chance to not only see the Lucid Air EV (above video), but also take a good "once-over" to the features inside the car and take a quick test spin; as did SlashGear - who provided a more detailed ride experience in the video below.
The all-glass roof on the Lucid Air EV
Unfortunately, the pre-production model was not yet functioning at full power, and still had plenty of exposed beams and wires, and no carpet.
But still, a ride in the could-be Tesla-competitor, is a big deal. The company is already taking pre-orders, but it doesn't even have a factory yet, and production won't start until 2018.
It seems like Lucid is doing everything it can to be "just like" Tesla in so many ways.
From the styling, the all-glass roof, loads of tech, super-capacity battery (130 kWh), pre-orders years before production, location, etc. The flush door handles with the push-to-open feature is a carbon copy.
The Air will be super luxurious as well and will come at a price that coincides with Tesla's current offerings; a well appointed (and 130 kWh) version will be produced first and cost just over $100,000, while a future less expensive trim level is promised to ring the bell (~100 kWh) at ~$65,000.
Tesla-like door mechanism
None of this is too surprising, as Peter Rawlinson, a former Tesla top engineer, is now on board and CTO at Lucid. The company is going so far as planning to build cars that are equipped with autonomous hardware, but require over-the-air software updates to unlock the features. One such feature that may set the Lucid apart from Tesla, is the installation and application of LIDAR.
Three displays fill the dashboard, and just about everything is managed through touchscreens. Apparently, there is a smaller fourth screen that sprouts up from the dash when needed. There is even a touchscreen in the back to manage the unique, rear seat incline.
A Lucid engineer demonstrated the car's self-driving and self-parking features, however, it was a closed environment with a set course.
Check out the full unveiling and numerous photos at this link.
Lucid Air's panoramic roof
Lucid Air front seating accomodations
Lucid Air rear "executive" seating option
Another look at the Lucid Air's "executive" rear seating
Standard rear seating
Lucid Air revealed this month