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“Lucid” Dreams Turn to Nightmares: Virginia Duo Sues Over Their Haunted Electric Ride




Written by: Sam Orlando


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA — In an ironic twist that might make you think twice about what’s in a name, a Virginia couple's quest for cutting-edge automotive bliss hit a pothole, courtesy of their 2023 Lucid Air Touring vehicle. Robert Morgan Cole and Staci Lynn Melissa Guillemin have launched a lawsuit against Lucid USA, Inc., after their high-tech chariot, better suited for a sci-fi horror flick, decided autonomy wasn’t just about driving itself but also about giving its owners unsolicited heart palpitations.


The plaintiffs, probably imagining their $128,814.95 vehicle would transport them to a future where road rage and driving woes were things of the past, found themselves grappling with a "Dream Drive Pro" feature that was more nightmare than dream. According to court filings, this top-of-the-line feature had a penchant for dramatic exits — ceasing function mid-drive, engaging in erratic braking maneuvers, and turning the vehicle's dashboard into a game of now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t with its display screens.


The tale of woe didn’t end there. Despite the car's promise of a worry-free future underpinned by a 4-Year/50,000 mile basic warranty (and an 8-Year/100,000 miles powertrain warranty), the ghost in this machine remained unexorcised after multiple service attempts. These included cameo appearances by Lucid Motors' finest, who, despite their valiant efforts, couldn’t tame the beast.


Armed with the harrowing experiences of sudden stops, loss of control, and the existential dread of not knowing if you’re driving or merely along for the ride, the couple has now turned to the legal system for salvation. Citing both the “Virginia Lemon Law” and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, they’re not just asking for a refund; they’re highlighting a blockbuster-worthy plot of automotive dysfunction.


Seeking damages well over the six-figure mark, the plaintiffs' story isn’t just about the money. It's a cautionary tale that questions the readiness of autonomous vehicle technology and the ironic contrast between the brand’s visionary promise and the stark, erratic reality of their experience.


Lucid Motors has yet to officially comment on the lawsuit, leaving us to ponder the paradox of a vehicle named “Lucid” that seems to have its head in the clouds. As this legal battle accelerates, it’s a stark reminder that in the world of cutting-edge automotive innovation, the line between dream and nightmare can be as thin as a malfunctioning turn signal.


Stay tuned as we continue to cover this saga of technological ambition clashing with the harsh reality of unpredictable technology. Will Lucid Motors steer this story to a happy ending, or will the plaintiffs' journey serve as a cautionary tale for the auto industry? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: this isn’t the kind of “dream driving” anyone signed up for.

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