Lucid Will Finally Show Off Production Air Electric Vehicle on September 9

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From Car and Driver

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed more than a few vehicle unveilings. With nearly all the auto shows of the year already canceled, automakers are figuring out how to make the best of a weird situation. Lucid for its part was planning on showing off its first vehicle at the New York auto show in April. But in a post-auto show world, the electric vehicle startup has announced it’ll show off the production version of the Lucid Air online on September 9.

Lucid is pitting the Air mostly against German sedans as a luxury vehicle that happens to be electric. Regardless of what it’s aiming for, the Tesla Model S will likely be what it is judged against when it comes to market. It’ll be capable of a range over 400 miles which is something that Tesla just announced its Model S Long Range Plus is currently

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Car-buying in the coronavirus era is moving online, but traditional dealerships aren’t going away any time soon

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A car buyer shops for a vehicle in New Jersey after the state began to re-open.
A car buyer shops for a vehicle in New Jersey after the state began to re-open.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered car dealers’ showrooms nationwide and compelled automakers and dealerships to pursue online transactions.

  • The auto industry has experimented with no-dealership deals for years, but progress has been halting, even as some digitally savvy consumers ask why they can’t buy cars the same way they buy many other things.

  • Some consumers have discovered that an all-digital transaction is not only possible, but preferable.

  • But Jeremy Anspach, CEO of PureCars, an information resource for dealers, said that the traditional dealership model isn’t going to be wiped out by COVID-19, but it might be modified.

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Jeffery Cecchini is no stranger to buying and leasing cars.

The Oregon native has done, by his own account, 12 deals in 12 years. He is, in

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School buses visit the homes of 700 students for mini graduation ceremonies

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School organized a traveling graduation ceremony for senior students. (Photo: Courtesy of Bridgewater-Raritan High School)
Bridgewater-Raritan High School organized a traveling graduation ceremony for senior students. (Photo: Courtesy of Bridgewater-Raritan High School)

Seven hundred senior students received their high school diplomas from traveling buses that stopped at each of their homes so teachers could award diplomas.

Staff at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey recruited eight buses for the mobile graduation, a safer way to celebrate in the coronavirus pandemic. Over a four-day period this week, each vehicle made an estimated 26 stops per day, spending a few minutes with each student at his or her home, minding social distance.

The hope, says assistant principal Michael Godown, was to make personal connections with students who hadn’t been in school since the middle of March, when classes went online. “It was wonderful and the feedback we got, was that it was better than a traditional graduation ceremony,” he tells Yahoo Life.

Beforehand, buses drove around Bridgewater

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A Look At The Chinese Electric Vehicle Market

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This story is the second of a two-part look at China’s electric vehicle market. Read part one here. 

Here’s a look at Nio, a homegrown electric vehicle startup with ADSs listed in the U.S.; another domestic player, Xpeng, which is reportedly eyeing a U.S. listing;  and Tesla, which is nurturing a strong Chinese ambitions. 

Nio: A Homegrown Contender

Nio, or Weilai in Chinese, meaning “Blue Sky Coming,” was founded as Nextev in 2014. It took on its current nameplate in July 2017.  

Nio’s Models

  • EP9 – launched in 2016
  • ES8 – first volume-manufactured EV, unveiled in December 2017 and made available to the public in June 2018
  • ES6: launched in December 2018; deliveries began in June 2019
  • EC6: This model was unveiled to the public Dec. 28 and will be made available in September 2020.

The ES6 comes in three variants and is priced between 358,000 yuan to 468,000 yuan.

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