BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - A lot has changed over the past 248 years. In 1769, French inventor, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, assembled the world's first self-propelled three-wheeled vehicle for his country's army, which arguably is considered the world's first automobile. Between 1832 - 1839, Scottish inventor, Robert Anderson, created the world's first crude electric carriage. In 1885, German mechanical engineer, Karl Benz, conceivably designed and produced the world's first three-wheeled vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. In 1886, two German engineers, Gottlieb Wilhelm, and Wilhelm Maybach invented the world's first four-wheeled motorized vehicle. Time and time again, like-minded people have contributed to the advancement of the automotive vehicle.
On October 19, 2016, Atieva renamed itself Lucid Motors, and will commence production of their first model vehicle, Lucid Air, in 2019 with 10,000 units expected to be delivered the same year. The all-electric sedan will be assembled in Casa Grande, Arizona, the hottest location for automotive technology, and will be governed by 18-year veteran of BMW, Brian Barron, currently, Lucid's Director of Manufacturing. "Lucid is creating a vehicle to lead a new era of luxury mobility. A vehicle that redefines the automotive experience for both driver and passenger. A vehicle that encapsulates the passion and ingenuity of our experienced team. In the state of Arizona, Pinal County, and the city of Casa Grande, we believe we have found the right partners to realize this vision," said Brian Barron, Director of Manufacturing.
In 2016, the Lucid Air was introduced to the public at a private event, and has since been touted as the leader of the New Era of luxury mobility. The Lucid Air is free from most of the constraints of traditional gas guzzling automobiles, and expands the luxury experience by providing additional interior space. Equipped with rear executive seats, providing up to 55 degrees of recline, giving occupants an exceptional experience in taste and comfort. An enhanced cabin isolation eliminates noise coming from the floor and firewall at all speeds. Autonomous driving hardware and active-safety systems reduce potential hazards on the road through constant software upgrades. The Lucid Air can reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and travel up to 400 miles depending on configuration.
Shawn W. Anderson