For for a long time there was only one player worth talking about in electric cars – Tesla. The antics of CEO Elon Musk and the company's unflagging ambition and strong brand have overshadowed everyone else. But his crown is threatened by big and small challengers. Large car brands have begun to bring electric models to market, and a number of startups are trying to challenge their dominance.

For one of them, however, Tesla is a red herring. Lucid's Chief Technology Officer is a Tesla alumnus who has helped this company change the market with Model S and Model X forever, but he does not see Tesla as the main competitor. Instead, Peter Rawlinson wants to hit the combustion engine …