Here is my experience:In an interview this morning, Peter Rawlinson was asked if he could commit to delivering all 577 Dream Editions promised in the SPAC filing by year end. Rawlinson hemmed and hawed and would only say they were doing everything they could. He never confirmed they would actually get all the Dreams out the door by year end. It starts at 1:15 in the interview:
A Dream buyer who attended the Casa Grande event yesterday (and absolutely loved the car after a 25-mile test drive) said he saw over 100 Dream Editions on the assembly line. However, none were in the Zenith Red (my color choice), and he suspects that color won't be among the early deliveries. If he's right -- and he probably is -- that means my being quick to confirm my order will not put me near the front of the delivery queue as I was told I would be.
C'est la vie.
I had a fantastic 2 day visit with Lucid Motors in Casa Grande. It was the best auto presentation I have seen in my life.
I was invited to few Mercedes Benz new model presentation galas. Lucid beat every one. Here is my rough summary. If I remember something I left out, I will edit it.
I love to hear what the media and professions thought about the event. These are my personal views.
Dolby Atmos is present in all Dream Editions, as confirmed yesterday.Surreal sound is the general name of the sound system which includes Dolby Atmos as a part of the system.
The question of the color on top of the side mirror was explained that only the Dream Editions come with matching top while the rest of the models will have the top color matching the body color.
The production rate started about 4/day and finally will be 6-8/hour, I was told. I never got an answer about the present rate of production. I saw over 100 Lucid Air DE on production line yesterday and all of the have VIN Nos on them. They have, I believe some production models ready for delivery.
Peter announced that delivery will start later half of October 2021 to all the invitees, all Lucid workers and executives in the presence of State Governor. There was a thundering applause and a lot of cheer from the audience.
But I personally believe the delivery may start during the third week. There may be delay on delivery of Zenith Red DE.
Most on the production line were while, Black and very few Eureka Gold, none Zenith red on line. But there were Zenith Red parts stacked up, though there were none on production line. Few Zenith Red DE were on show with bright light
Talked about warranty coverage of the paint if one wraps the whole car with clear or colored wrap. I was told as long as the paint is not damaged as a result of wrap, the warranty on paint will hold good. I am planning to wrap clear on hood, trunk and top of sides of Eureka Gold with clear wrap and the rest of the body in Cherry Spark Red color which is pretty close to Zenith Red.
I was surprised to get a chance to be the first to test drive and drove about 25 miles along I-8 and I-10 highway. I was asked to step on it by Lucid co-passenger. Before I knew it I reached 90m/hr so smooth and steady. I asked him where is the button. He asked what button? I told him the button which takes me away to clouds flying. He had a big laugh. He said one would never know. It could happen some day.
The vehicle is rock solid hugging the road and the suspension was fantastic, even though it was not an air ride. Last 30 years I had all MB with air rides, but Lucid Air ride was no inferior to air ride. As a matter of fact I felt it was better.
Steering wheel is just a little thicker and very comfortable to hold with a cushy feeling. It is not slippery like other cars and had a gentle stiffness which I liked very much.
Interior was fabulous Napa leather with very comfortable seats which I thought was better then most luxurious Mercedes.
Overall with about 50 cars in my lifetime and nearly 20 of the Mercedes, I felt Lucid Air Exceeds in all aspects and I personally feel LUCID AIR DREAM EDITION is the Best vehicle ever made in auto industry including the most famous popular EV's of today and is at least 5 years ahead in their technology and luxury.