Does the California-based startup, Lucid Motors, have what it takes to challenge Tesla?

Lucid Motors is the latest EV startup to enter the market. In September, it unveiled its Air luxury sedan to the world and teased its SUV concept. But the company has challenges ahead before it can become the next Tesla. CNBC spoke to Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, a former Tesla chief engineer, to learn about the company’s plan to take on the electric-car pioneer.

Mainstream manufacturers still haven’t quite caught up to Tesla in terms of offering vehicles with a comparable blend of range, tech and performance, but they are edging ever closer and one of such vehicles is Polestar 2.

It’s about the same size as a Model 3, halfway between a typical sedan and a crossover. It’s higher than a sedan, but not quite as high as a mini-SUV. In terms of performance, it’s not quite up to the level of the Model 3 Performance, and it can’t match it for cargo capacity either.

However, many reviewers are pointing out that its interior feels nicer than Tesla’s and that it handles remarkably well too.

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