Some consumers’ fears and excuses about electric cars are rapidly disappearing as traditional manufacturers join new companies to offer variants for all budgets and, for the first time, ranges of independence per battery charge, eliminating any Trace anxiety from lack of energy.
The new manufacturers of 100% electric vehicles, Rivian and Lucid, finally began to deliver their first real production units to consumers ; the first with the R1T pickup truck – which has received rave reviews after the first test drives – ahead of Ford, General Motors and Tessa, whose models in the best-selling segment in the United States will not go on sale until late 2021 or 2022, in the case of Tesla with the Cybertruck .
Rivian also announced this month its intention to launch an initial public offering (IPO) to trade on the New York Stock Exchange with an initial valuation of $ 80 billion. The Rivian news is perhaps the most relevant in the electric automotive industry as the Illinois-based company has the backing of Amazon – which has orders for more than 150,000 units of its vehicles – and Ford , which has a stake of 5 % in the company.
All this, despite the fact that in the documentation submitted to launch its IPO, Rivian reported a net loss of $ 994 million, with no revenue, in the first six months of 2021.
“We are a company in the development stage and to date we have not generated material income. Vehicle production and deliveries began in September 2021, “Rivian said in presenting her report to Wall Street.
The company plans to launch a seven-passenger SUV called the R1S in December, substantially increasing its market presence in the other most popular segment in the United States.
Lucid Air Dream
Lucid Motor, another company in full swing , received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) of 520 miles of electric range – 115 miles more than any other electric car and some with gasoline engines available on the market -, for its Lucid Air Dream Edition sedan , which delivers 1,111 horsepower.
And although it has a base price of $ 169,000, Peter Rawlinson, the CEO of Lucid Motors, said that the figures – including the 520 miles of range – are not the most important thing about his first production model, but the technology that has allowed it to arrive. to them and that will allow in the not too distant future, allow the majority of consumers to access this technology.
The Ford T of the 21st century
In addition to the imminent launch of the Lucid Air, the California-based company with a production plant in Arizona is working on the “T21” project (Model T for the 21st Century), in reference to the legendary car that Henry Ford mass produced for sale. at a price accessible to most consumers and revolutionizing the market more than a century ago.
“The Ford Model T mobilized humanity in the 20th century, but ultimately created a devastating impact on the planet,” Rawlinson said in an interview with Automotive News magazine. “Now we have a new generation of engineers, designers and new technologies to reverse that damage.”
The executive did not set a timeline for the debut of a substantially cheaper Lucid car – the base model starts at $ 74,000 – but assured that the same technology applications can be used to produce practical models that are offered at affordable prices for the company. most drivers.
Mazda MX 30 EV
That combination is precisely the offer with which the Japanese manufacturer Mazda is debuting in the market by offering the MX30 EV , as its first 100% electric model in the United States.
This new compact SUV, which is already sold in Japan and Europe, will initially be available in the United States only in California and with just 560 units. In addition, it has a range of independence per battery charge of only 100 miles, with a base price of $ 33,470 – before the federal tax credit of $ 7,500 and others available in California – making it more limited and more expensive than other electric models from brands such as Nissan, Tesla, Volkswagen and Ford.
Mazda, however, assured that this is only the first step of a three-phase strategy that will be completed in 2030 with more models, different variants of electrified powertrain and for the 50 states of the country.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to start sales of the Mercedes-EQS luxury sedan , which will go on sale before the end of the year, with a range of close to 400 miles, a base price of $ 102,310 and the latest technology. from the legendary German manufacturer.
So, whether it’s 100 or 520 miles, $ 30,000 or $ 200,000, the options to buy or lease electric cars for most consumers in the United States are already a reality and will be more extensive and attractive when the “T21” arrives. of Rivian.