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Lucid Motors announces NYC offices, arrival of new vehicle

Spectators take photos of the Tesla Model 3 at an event in Tokyo, Japan on March 28, 2021. Lucid Air, which is expected to rival Tesla, announced Monday the opening of its New York City studio and additional plans for its first vehicle, Lucid Air. File photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Spectators take photos of the Tesla Model 3 at an event in Tokyo, Japan on March 28, 2021. Lucid Air, which is expected to rival Tesla, announced Monday the opening of its New York City studio and additional plans for its first vehicle, Lucid Air. File photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

June 22 (UPI) -- Lucid Motors, the Silicon Valley electric vehicle startup that holds the distinction of having the longest range of any other EV, announced the opening of a new flagship office in New York City Monday.

The luxury EV company said its New York Studio opened in the city's Meatpacking District to go along with its new Chicago Studio that opened June 11. The company said it will offer its vehicle, the Lucid Air Grand Touring model this year starting at $131,500 with a range of 517 miles per charge and 800 horsepower.

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The Lucid Air base model will be priced at $69,900 with an expected range of 406 miles with the Lucid Air Touring model going for $87,500 with a range of 406 miles.

"As Lucid approaches the launch of Lucid Air in the second half of 2021, the company anticipates strong demand for its products," the company said in a statement. "Lucid recently passed 10,000 paid reservations for the groundbreaking Lucid Air, including the fully reserved Dream Edition, the Grand Touring edition, and both the Touring and Pure versions."

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Peter Rawlinson, CEO of Lucid Motors, said he believes the reservations are a sign of future growth.

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"The updates from Lucid Motors today reinforce the strong interest and demand from consumers for electric vehicles that deliver new industry standards for efficiency and range, which has actually allowed us to accelerate and enhance our plans for development and production," Rawlinson said.

Lucid said it plans to speed up its capacity to make its Lucid Gravity SUV, combining two phases of its Arizona facility expansion into one expedited phase. It said the additional manufacturing space by 2023 will enable it to make about 53,000 vehicles there per year.

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"The company is choosing to accelerate plant capacity expansions and to build a dedicated Lucid Gravity general assembly line, which is expected to lead to higher Lucid Air sales volumes in 2023 while remaining within the second half 2023 Lucid Gravity launch window," Rawlinson said.

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