We are including the Lucid Air in our round-up of 2019 EV debuts – even though its introduction was recently delayed until 2020. It’s on the list as a placeholder for the dozen or so Chinese EV start-ups vying to sell all-electric models in the United States. The best known are Byton, Nio, and the now-defunct Faraday Future. Lucid, which was founded in 2017, received an infusion of $1 billion in funding in September from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. With the announcement of the financing, Lucid pushed back the introduction of its Air from 2019 to 2020.
There are reports of the Air as a luxury sedan offering 400 horsepower, 240 miles of range, and a price tag of $60,000. And there are also hints of Lucid variants with 1,000 horsepower and 400 miles of range. Are these numbers too good to be true? The answer for Lucid and other Chinese EV start-ups will emerge in 2019.
RANGE: TBD (between about 240 and 400 miles)
BASE PRICE: $60,000