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SAE Eye on Engineering: Lucid Motors new EV

There appears to be no end to electric-vehicle start-up companies. The latest, Lucid Motors, is based in California and partially financed by Chinese venture capital. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at the Air, the new luxury concept car from Lucid Motors.

SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.

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