While much of the mobility space this week was sucked up by Intel’s power play purchase of Mobileye (see below), here at Mobility Report we were intrigued by smaller skirmishes down field that could evolve into the next great industry rivalries.
The ‘future of cars’ roster is growing up ... and the adolescent years are getting contentious.
To start, a Tesla Model III prototype was out for a casual drive, and one curious camera-man took a video. The video is a reminder that Tesla is in a race to beat the Chevrolet Bolt to market with the promised $35,000 EV, and Tesla is looking to raise some big bucks (read: $1.15 billion) from investors to cross the finish line.
But the Bolt is not the only rival the Model III has to worry about.
Lucid released pricing for its debut model, the Air (above), on Wednesday. Its $52,500 base price along with battery range and horsepower that is just better than the base Tesla Model S seems like more than a coincidence -- but we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see if we have an actual “Tesla killer” on our hands.
Not to be left out, a Faraday Future executive thinks that rival Chinese-backed startup Nio’s concept car, the Eve, looks pretty familiar. We’re not here to play referee though; judge for yourself: Are these cars look-alikes?
- Shiraz Ahmed and Katie Burke