It is difficult to challenge Tesla's great technological, industrial and commercial lead in the luxury electric sedans sector. It is also difficult to deny that there is, in this coveted market, room for two, or even more: the firm of Elon Musk seems to have found itself with the Californian Lucid Motors, founded in 2007, a competitor with teeth. long.
Presented in early September, the Air model from the Californian manufacturer has already turned some heads. But not only for its fluid silhouette: the numbers that Lucid Motors lines up like proud totems seem to place the car at the very top of the basket of expensive electric vehicles.
Offered in multiple variations, the Air offers a monstrous range: the Grand Touring is thus enduring 830 kilometers, and it is barely less for the other models. Pilots at heart will be able to taste the joys of lightning-fast acceleration.
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The Dream is capable of going from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in two and a half seconds, and Lucid's car takes less than 10 seconds to travel 400 meters. Not only is it better than the fastest Tesla but it is also, Wired notes, as good as a McLaren 720S and faster than a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
Comfortable (panoramic roof and 5K screen) or linked to semi-autonomous level 2 or 3 driving (LIDAR, cameras, radar, ultrasound, for 32 sensors in total), the equipment on offer seems to belong to the realm of science fiction .
But one argument could, more than the others, hit the mark with fans of long journeys without gasoline: Lucid vehicles recharge very, very quickly. As long as an ad hoc charger is within range, which is not yet often the case, the manufacturer announces a range of 32 kilometers per minute of charging, or nearly 500 kilometers in less than half an hour.
If all this makes you dream, we advise you to calm your enthusiasm before contacting your bank: this luxury and these performances have a price. That of the Air is a little higher than that of the also very charming new Ami de Citroën, with models offered between 67,000 and 150,000 euros.