According to Rawlinson. The “Dream” edition of the Air tops the S with an industry-leading 517 miles per charge, faster recharging, and the ability to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds.
Peter Rawlinson, the chief executive of Lucid and an ex-Engineer at Tesla has created his self-driving car called Lucid Air.
The first Air customers will take delivery this spring. About the 169,000-dollars-car, Peter claims that it is the fastest, longest-range electric vehicle on the planet.
“No one believed me with Model S . . . the hostility to it was shocking. I’ve found the same with (Air). No one believes it”, the CEO told Forbes.
It’s the same feeling he had a decade ago as chief engineer for Tesla’s Model S, the breakthrough all-electric car that took the auto world by storm in 2012.
According to Rawlinson, the “Dream” edition of the Air tops the S with an industry-leading 517 miles per charge, faster recharging, and the ability to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds.
He also plans to leverage the Air’s 1,080-horsepower propulsion technology—which he claims is the best electric power train efficiency. That reportedly clocks at 4.7 miles per kilowatt-hour of battery, apparently beating Tesla’s Model S and Model 3.
“If you’re a sprinter, what is your best time for the 100 meters? That’s your metric. Usain Bolt, it’s a 9.69,” Rawlinson said. “You can almost do [the same] for an electric car company, and that is your EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] efficiency.”
His five years plan is to sell hundreds of thousands of mid-$40,000 electric cars and also help big automakers sell $25,000 mass-market electric vehicles–the very same objective that his old boss, Elon Musk, is chasing.
Welsh engineer, 63, said that the idea it was making "an expensive car for wealthy people" is a misunderstanding. “This is not about making an expensive car for wealthy people. That’s not why I’m here. That’s not what drives me. . . . I want us to be making a million cars a year. The ambition of Lucid is to have a profound effect. We are not a minority play.”
To this end, a new electric car crossover apparently called “Gravity” will be launched in 2023 to compete with the Model 3.
Rawlinson says he and Musk “got on like a house on fire for most of the time I was there—not at the very end.
"We both obsessed about reaching for the stars with technology and engineering—and it just can’t be good enough,” he said.
Lucid’s CEO, who doesn’t have a Twitter account, has a different approach. “I’m not an autocrat. Lucid is a team effort,” he says. “That is a big difference. The other thing is that I don’t expect someone who buys a Lucid to know my name. I don’t expect them to know who Peter Rawlinson is.”
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Article Source: The Independent