The Air Dream Edition from the Lucid Motors has been given a range rating of 520 miles by the Environmental Protection Agency, making it the agency’s longest-range EV to date.
The EPA rating backs up Lucid’s promise that its upcoming electric sedan will have the longest range of any production electric vehicle on the market, which it made over a year ago. This is another win for the Lucid Motors Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rawlinson, who oversaw Model S development while at Tesla and believes the Air will outperform Elon Musk’s firm in terms of acceleration, range, luxury, and pricing.
By more than 100 miles, the Air Dream Edition outperforms Tesla’s longest-range Model S Long Range Plus. The Dream Edition that has 19-inch wheels would cost you $169,000. If the sticker price is too hot for you, wait until the year 2022, when Lucid aims to produce a base model that starts at $77,400 (or about $69,900 plus federal EV tax credit). The EPA also gave other trim levels a rating, like the Dream Edition that has 21-inch wheels (481 miles), the Dream Edition Performance (471 miles using 19-inch wheels and 451 miles featuring 21-inch wheels), and Grand Touring (471 miles together with 19-inch wheels and 451 miles featuring 21-inch wheels) (516 miles together with 19-inch wheels and 469 miles featuring 21-inch wheels).
The 113kWh battery package, as well as the vehicle’s aerodynamic design, contribute to the Air’s outstanding range. Of fact, the range is very subjective, and EPA rating is meant to give a snapshot of Air’s performance under the testing conditions of the agency. Factors like severe hill climbing and the impact of cold weather are often excluded.
On its website, the EPA states, “The EPA estimates, especially EV range, are intended to be a basic guideline for customers when comparing automobiles.” “Your range will vary in EVs, just as it will in gasoline vehicles.”
The EPA and Europe’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), both of which are often more optimistic than EPA, assess EV range independently.
Based in Newark, California, the business is preparing to begin supplying its first vehicles to clients later this year. The company has already created over 100 near-final grade versions at the new plant located in Arizona. Lucid is going to host a production preview at the Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) in Casa Grande, Arizona, at the end of September.