The headquarters of Lucid Motors and the manufacturing facility of Tesla Motors are 10 miles shut in San Francisco’s East Bay, and their authentic choices – the upcoming Air sedan and eight-year-old Model S – are destined to be fastidiously in contrast.
Regardless of rubbing elbows, the 2 firms company cultures are polar opposites. Whereas Elon Musk sparred with Alameda County over idling his manufacturing facility through the COVID-19 outbreak, then challenged officers to “arrest me first” throughout its early reopening, after which threatened to maneuver their headquarters to a different state, Lucid obediently dimmed its headquarters lights, throttled-back to solely important on-site staff, and despatched the remainder dwelling to work on laptops. They tailored. No layoffs, no furloughs (the truth is, their roughly 1,000-member crew will develop by 700 by the tip of the yr). No headlines. Their Bay Space workforce is now in a phased return and building of the corporate’s Casa Grande, Ariz. manufacturing facility by no means really stopped, with its buildings now enclosed and the paint line being put in.
Tesla’s turbulence versus Lucid’s calm waters, you may say. And now, with the Air’s New York Auto Show debut nixed, Lucid is eschewing any form of Tesla-type, rock-show automobile introduction and as an alternative is exhibiting off its production-spec Air sedan in an internet occasion on September 9. Who is aware of? Perhaps Lucid has much more to share. Keep tuned.
However already Tesla appears to be no less than exhibiting consciousness of the Air’s method. Together with a Zen-like design, a touted 0-60 mph time of underneath 2.5 seconds and benefits in inside house attributable to a miniaturized powertrain, the Air additionally boasts a claimed 400-plus miles of vary. California’s working-remote orders put a kibosh on Lucid’s plans for a real-world demonstration (as an alternative, releasing a video of it), however Tesla lately introduced that the Model S Long Range Plus has now formally cracked the barrier, with the Environmental Safety Company (EPA) certifying it at 402 miles (after, sure, a Musk tweet concerning the EPA initially messing up the take a look at).
Fireplace versus water. That is going to be enjoyable to look at.