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Lucid dreams of Tesla rivalry

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Lucid Motors –formerly named Atieva – teases prototype EV which to rival the Model S

Chinese-backed Atieva has now become Lucid Motors, and in doing so has unveiled a prototype electric car that it says will rival Tesla’s Model S.

Teaser photos of the premium electric sedan have also been released by the Silicon Valley start-up.

The sedan, developed under the code-named Project Cosmos, will have an 87-kWh battery pack and an output greater than 900 horsepower and will be on the road in 2018, the company says.

The 0-60 mph acceleration target for the vehicle is 2.7 seconds, a figure which as Reuters has noted, would make it faster than a 12-cylinder Ferrari supercar (although not quite as fast as the 2.5 seconds touted by a Model S P100D).

Lucid Motors says that the vehicle – which will have a range of “well over” 300 miles – will feature an automated driving system and will accept DC fast-charging.

The company’s change of name also marks a new step in its development cycle. Previously Atieva was mainly showing off its EV van prototype, charmingly nicknamed Edna. Although it looks like little more than the average delivery van, Edna has served as the testbed for the battery pack and powertrain now making its way into the Project Cosmos build. It has succeeded in beating an older Model S, BMW i8 and a Dodge Viper.

It’s still early days for the company’s fledgling sedan, so there hasn’t been any indication of price, but Lucid says it intends to bring it to market by 2018.


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