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    Well, it's started . . .

    I agree that the differences between 3.0 and 2.5 or 2.0 seconds 0-60 are more the province of pubescent musings than real-world driving on pubic roads. The point that "InsideEVS" was making, though, was more about the ethics of Musk's marketing practices than the actual acceleration times...
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    Well, it's started . . .

    Regarding my suspicion that Elon Musk has over-promised what his engineers can deliver in terms of Model S Plaid and Plaid+ performance, there was an interesting discussion on today's "InsideEVS" podcast. The panelists said that Tesla is not going to be able to produce the acceleration figures...
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    Well, it's started . . .

    The number of class actions underway against Lucid has now risen to five. I agree it's not going to be a fatal blow, but what an annoyance and publicity hit at this critical juncture. The more interesting thing is that on May 3 Elon Musk tweeted for a second time that Rawlinson was never the...
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    Lucid Air Production Delay

    I'm not sure. This article was published today based on a recent interview with the BBC, and it was reporting the 2023 date as something currently newsworthy. I don't remember seeing an 18-month span before starting Pure production mentioned anywhere else. A "Silicon Valley Business Journal"...
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    Lucid Air Production Delay

    In November 2020 "Car & Driver" published an article that said the Air Pure would begin deliveries in early 2022. A new report from "The Motley Fool" says that date has now been pushed out to early 2023...
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    Interesting Tech Piece

    Yeah, I forgot about that. I had originally read that Audi was taking the Porsche approach. But a friend recently ordered a VW ID.4 that also allows the driver to select lift-off regen, and the salesman did tell us that Audi was going to be set up the same way -- but, based on your...
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    Interesting Tech Piece

    A Rivian “guide” (personal sales representative) answered a series of questions posed by a Rivian reservation holder. Some of the answers possibly shed light on some issues that have been raised about Lucid Airs and might help us understand what could be going on at Lucid on these matters...
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    Interesting Tech Piece

    Yeah, I know the robotic narrations can be annoying. But I sometimes prefer them to the live narrators who can drone on for 3-4 minutes to make a simple point just to fill up time.
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    Interesting Tech Piece

    I had skipped over this video because it seemed like another one of those "Tesla killer" puff pieces. When I finally got around to checking it out, I found it had some interesting technical information about Lucid, including more detail than I had seen elsewhere about its motors:
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    Well, it's started . . .

    I think Elon Musk's shady ethics and lack of character are the Achilles heel that poses the single greatest risk to Tesla long term. However, Lucid made a big blunder in its rosy communications about production schedules in the run-up to the confirmation of the merger and the subsequent...
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    Well, it's started . . .

    Well, Lucid, I tried to tell you. On August 9, 2020 I posted, " I hope Lucid does not try to go public any time soon. They need to get a robust product and a strong brand built before having to deal with the pressures the stock market puts on management." On February 25, 2021 I added, "I have...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    Despite my growing doubts, I'm hanging in, too, until some actual production cars get into the hands of reputable auto journalists and I can test drive a car over in Miami myself. I just wish Lucid would quit trying to drum up publicity by letting half-baked cars be put in the spotlight. It's...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I hope the air suspension has carried through to the production car. However, the alpha cars also had a switch above the rearview mirror to activate electrochromic dimming in the canopy, and we know what happened to that . . . and to acoustic glass . . . and to full-spectrum active noise...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I agree. Every one of these new Lucid-sanctioned videos that are coming out just increases questions and doubt rather than dispels them. This is not the right publicity trajectory for Lucid at this point.
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    Understandable. I will say, though, that I had a 2004 Lexus RX330 with the rare air suspension option. (I took the car with it because the dealer discounted the car heavily as other customers were not willing to pay for it, and the car was stuck on his lot.) It failed three weeks after the...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I just re-watched the "Transport Evolved" ride-along with David Lickfold, who is in Lucid's chassis engineering group. Even though he got as specific in discussing the suspension as saying the car used Bilstein semi-active dampers, he nowhere mentioned an air suspension. I also looked more...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    The Lucid's roofline is about 4" lower than the EQS. However, Zak Edson, Lucid's head of Retail Operations, actually is 6'6" tall, and he didn't have any problem with headroom when he sat in the backseat at the Miami studio to demonstrate the leg room. That is because the rear seat cushion in...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I think it's clear that Rawlinson understands this, which is why he decided to take the flak for yet another production delay. The question is whether they can actually fix these issues -- and fix them before so many other premium EVs land on the market that everything that looked so...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I'm with you on the EQS looks. In fact, I actually hate the look of this car. Everything about it, from the Texas whorehouse / video arcade interior to the busy, over-chromed front end is a mess. I was thinking that if Lucid keeps dragging things out or disappoints with quality, I might just...
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    Transport Evolved Video: We Ride In The Lucid Air Sedan With NYSE: CCIV's David Lickfold

    I've sat in two Lucid Airs, and the rails are definitely massive. While I don't like the look, I'm willing to live with them if they contribute to making the car feel like a vault, as Rawlinson claims. If it turns out the car is not as rock solid feeling as suggested, I'm going to be one mad...
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