Lucid Air surpasses Tesla Model S with 517 mile range per charge – Roadshow

Are we dreaming? Nope, Lucid swears this does over 500 miles on a cost.


Transfer over, Elon Musk. Tesla could have been the primary to construct an electrical automotive with over 400 miles of vary, however Lucid has some fairly astounding information to inform us.

The startup, which as soon as teetered on the point of collapse, stated on Tuesday its Air electric sedan will go an astounding 517 estimated miles on a single cost. 5-hundred and seventeen miles, of us. In the present day, the Tesla Model S is king with a 402-mile EPA-estimated range, and in actuality, it’ll stay on the prime till Lucid truly builds the Air. However when it does, it might ship a would possibly blow to Tesla.

Now, after all it is simple to toss numbers round in terms of startups and wild ideas. However Lucid did its homework. They took the Air to FEV North America to bear impartial testing. There, FEV utilized the EPA’s current test cycle with the usual adjustment issue, and that returned the 517-mile vary. Along with the indepedent take a look at outcomes, Lucid stated its personal testing indicated the Air would go nicely past its unique estimate of 400-plus miles of vary.

“Just a few years in the past we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles of vary; a mirrored image of our expertise at the moment,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson stated. “Within the intervening interval we now have achieved a sequence of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed diploma of vitality effectivity.”

Basically, Lucid thinks it was forward of the sport years in the past. Nonetheless, whereas the corporate struggled financially earlier than being thrown a lifeline within the type of Saudi investment cash, it additionally continued to advance its personal expertise. That is introduced us to immediately, lower than a month earlier than the production Air debuts in September.

Rawlinson additionally credited the Air’s 900-volt electrical structure and Atieva, Lucid’s expertise arm and battery provider. Since 2018, Atieva’s been the official battery provider for the FIA Formula E racing sequence, and clearly, Lucid thinks its expertise paid off in making a manufacturing electrical automotive.

“I’m happy that we now have consequently achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of vary immediately while additionally considerably lowering our battery pack’s capability, thereby lowering automobile weight and price and enhancing inside area,” Rawlinson added.

That is fairly an achievement from Lucid, although keep in mind, you should purchase a Tesla Mannequin S immediately, whereas you possibly can’t buy a Lucid Air after studying this story. Nonetheless, Lucid continues to be accepting reservations for the posh sedan and plans to fireplace up manufacturing at its new factory in Arizona in early 2021. And until Tesla drops the new Roadster or Cybertruck with their deliberate 500-mile ranges, Lucid appears to be like to be the eventual victor.

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Sean Szymkowski