Javed Afridi, the renowned CEO of Haier Pakistan and the driving force behind MG Motors’ successful introduction in the country, has long been associated with excitement and anticipation in the Pakistani automotive industry. While enthusiasts eagerly awaited the locally-made MG 3, a recent turn of events has left them intrigued. Afridi’s uncharacteristic silence on the MG 3 and his unexpected appearance alongside the luxurious Lucid Air have sparked a wave of speculation.
In a surprising tweet, Afridi shared an image featuring the opulent Lucid Air, a car known for its lavishness and high price tag, surpassing even Tesla in terms of cost. This unexpected development has raised eyebrows and ignited curiosity among automotive enthusiasts.
The tweet also included the hashtag #MadeInSaudi, hinting at a major shift in Lucid Air’s manufacturing. Previously produced in California and assembled in Arizona, USA, the tweet suggests that the Lucid Air is now being manufactured in Saudi Arabia. This revelation marks a significant development for the automotive industry.
LUCID #MadeInSaudi pic.twitter.com/5w0NXIngAF— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) May 29, 2023
Let’s delve into the buzz surrounding the Lucid Air tweet and uncover the mystery behind Afridi’s unexpected association with this luxury vehicle.
The Lucid Air impresses with its sleek and elegant design, featuring Micro Lens Array LED headlamps and a full LED light bar for taillights. Notably, it boasts the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd) among electric vehicles, standing at 0.21.
Variants and Powertrain:
This remarkable car offers four variants, including options with 620 and 800 horsepower. The top-of-the-line model packs a staggering total of 1080 horsepower, powered by two electric motors.
With its various battery sizes and wheel combinations, the Lucid Air can travel up to an astounding 832 kilometers on a single charge. To put it into perspective, this is equivalent to a round trip from Lahore to Islamabad without needing to recharge. The largest battery size available is 110 kWh.
Acceleration and Performance:
The Lucid Air performance model goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and finishes a quarter-mile run in 9.9 seconds at a top speed of 237 km/h. It recently showcased superior performance compared to the Tesla Model S in a track test.
Fast Charging Capability:
Featuring a special “Wunderbox” charging unit, the Lucid Air can charge up to 480 kilometers within just 20 minutes. This charging speed is twice as fast as that of Tesla vehicles. Lucid Motors has partnered with VW/Audi to provide extensive charging infrastructure.
Step inside the Lucid Air to discover a modern and sophisticated cabin design adorned with high-end materials. The highlight is a breathtaking 34-inch OLED curved digital 5K display, accompanied by a concealed infotainment system called the “Pilot Panel.”
Advanced Driver Assistance:
Equipped with advanced driver assistance technologies, the Lucid Air incorporates 32 sensors, cameras, and LIDAR with 3D mapping. These features pave the way for fully autonomous driving capabilities in the future.
Pricing and Availability:
For customers in the United States, Lucid Air’s base model starts at $72,500 after tax credits. The top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition, boasting 1080 horsepower, carries a price tag of $161,500. Sales in the US are set to commence in the summer of 2021.
Manufacturing and Expansion:
Lucid Motors has a state-of-the-art plant in Arizona, capable of producing 380,000 units annually. They received a $1 billion investment from a Saudi firm in 2019 and will introduce an SUV soon.
Javed Afridi’s tweet about Lucid Air wows Pakistan’s auto industry. Fans eagerly await updates. The new manufacturing location and partnership with Saudi Arabia add to luxury EVs.
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