Coronavirus prevented Lucid from introducing rival Tesla Model S

The premiere of the Air sedan was postponed from April to August.
In mid-January of this year, California-based electric car startup Lucid Motors promised to unveil its first production model, the long-awaited Air sedan, at the New York Auto Show. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the exhibition organizers to postpone it until the end of summer – the beginning of autumn.

There was an option that Lucid, following the example of other manufacturers, would be limited to an online debut, but now the company’s general director Peter Rawlinson announced that the presentation was postponed to August. He reported this to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

At the same time, Rawlinson, who at one time was one of the Tesla vice presidents and chief engineer of the Model S liftback, whom Air is aimed at competing with, noted that Lucid Motors continues to hire employees even in the current crisis – the company’s staff has already exceeded 1 thousand people. He also assured that the suppliers, an agreement with which had been reached before the distribution of COVID-19, were still ready to start production.

Lucid Motors began to build its own plant in Arizona only at the end of last year, having received over $1 billion of investment from the Saudi fund. The original plan implied that the release of electric vehicles will start in the fourth quarter of 2020, but now it may well be postponed until 2021. It is also known that the serial Lucid Air will differ from the 2016 concept, but it is still difficult to say something more specific in this regard since the final characteristics should have been revealed just at the New York Motor Show.

Author: Flyn Braun
Graduated from Cambridge University. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the us news section in the Free News editors.
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