Can anything top Tesla, the California electric vehicle manufacturer that this week topped General Motors in terms of its market capitalization and which hopes to deliver a five-fold increase in sales between 2016 and 2018?
Some folks are pointing to another small battery-car start-up, Lucid Motors, as the most serious challenger. The start-up made a splashy debut at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, previewing not only a prototype of the production car it hopes to bring to market in 2019, but also a test vehicle that recently clocked a record 217 mph test track run.
Lucid’s numbers are certainly impressive, the production model expected to punch out 1,000 horsepower from a pair of electric motors, one driving the front axle, the other on the rear, creating what is sometimes called a through-the-road all-wheel-drive system. (more…)