The flagship version of Lucid Air is ahead of the Tesla Model S in terms of range
We are talking about the performance of the Dream Edition: such an electric car is capable of driving 836 km without recharging (the calculation was carried out according to the EPA cycle used in the USA).
The start of the American startup Lucid Motors was laid in 2007: then the company was still called Atieva. Initially, she created developments with electric power plants based on the Mercedes-Benz Vito model. The current name, Lucid, was chosen in 2016 ahead of the debut of the Air sedan prototype. It was assumed that the production of an electric “four-door" would begin in 2018 at a plant in Casa Grande (Arizona), but the launch of the series was postponed several times, including due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the photo: Lucid Air
Production of the Lucid Air has now started, with the first customers receiving their vehicles later this year. The novelty promises to compete with the Tesla Model S in the domestic market. Note that sales of this model increased during the “covid” 2020: dealers sold 17,500 copies, which is 24% more than a year earlier. Peak year for the sedan was 2016, when customers bought 29,421 units.
Now it became known that Lucid Air was ahead of the Tesla Model S in one of the most important characteristics for electric cars – in terms of range. So, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the maximum power reserve of the “four-door” Lucid is 836 km (this figure is the flagship version of the Dream Edition). For comparison, the Tesla Model S Long Range can travel 668 km without recharging.
Note that the maximum power reserve is fixed for the top-end Air version on 19-inch wheels. If we are talking about the version on 21-inch rollers, then its power reserve is 774 km. The output of the electric power plant of the car in the Dream Edition version is 933 hp.
Also in the lineup there is a high-performance version of the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance: it has a power of 1111 hp. Such an “electric sedan” with 19-inch wheels is capable of driving 758 km without recharging, and 725 km with a 21-inch set. From standstill to almost “hundreds” (up to 97 km / h), this version can accelerate in 2.5 seconds.
A simpler version – Lucid Air Grand Touring – received an electric “stuffing”, the return of which is 800 hp. This option can travel up to 830 km on 19-inch wheels and 754 km on 21-inch wheels. The model is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 113 kWh.
In the US, the price of Lucid Air ranges from $77,400 to $169,000, which is equivalent to about 5.6 million to 12.3 million conventional units at the current exchange rate (depending on the execution chosen by the client). For comparison, the current cost of the Tesla Model S in the US is 89,990 – 129,990 dollars (about 6.5 – 9.4 million conventional units).