EV makers Tesla, Lucid going big and fast

The future of electric vehicles is coming fast and big.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said today the company’s all-electric semi-truck will be revealed in September. Musk called it “seriously next level.” The company will do a final reveal of the Model 3 in July, and show off an early version of its pickup truck in the next 18-24 months.

Musk said last year the company planned a wide variety of electric vehicles after it’s $35,000 Model 3 is launched this year. The line-up include all-electric versions of pickups, mini-buses and semis.

An electric semi-truck could eliminate diesel vehicles on short-haul trips, although Musk did not provide any details about range or power for the Tesla truck.

Meanwhile, Lucid, a nascent rival to Tesla based in Menlo Park, announced Thursday its test car hit 217 mph on a closed track. An alpha-test version of the Lucid Air, a luxury vehicle drawing design inspiration from private jets, hit the speed on a track in Ohio. The company posted a video of the drive on its blog.

Lucid unveiled the Air in December. It’s expected to be priced at $60,000 before federal tax rebates, with a 400 horsepower motor and 240 miles of range. The company has chosen a factory site in Casa Grande, AZ and expects to begin production in 2019.

Musk continued to push forward on his grand vision of a clean energy future, saying the company would begin taking orders this month for solar roofs. Few details have been released on price or performance.

File photo: Guests take a test ride in the new Lucid Motors Air sedan on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Fremont, Calif.   (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)


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