Lucid Air will have over 500 miles of range, beating out Tesla’s Model S battery – Roadshow

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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 getting ready to collapse, mentioned on Tuesday its Air electric sedan will go an astounding 517 estimated miles on a single cost. 5-hundred and seventeen miles, people. Right now, the Tesla Model S is king with a 402-mile EPA-estimated range, and in actuality, it’ll stay on the high till Lucid truly builds the Air. However when it does, it may ship a would possibly blow to Tesla.

Now, in fact it is simple to toss numbers round in relation to startups and wild ideas. However Lucid did its homework. They took the Air to FEV North America to bear unbiased 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 mentioned its personal testing indicated the Air would go nicely past its unique estimate of 400-plus miles of vary.

“A number of 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 mentioned. “Within the intervening interval now we have achieved a collection of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed diploma of power 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 at the moment, 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 collection, and clearly, Lucid thinks its expertise paid off in making a manufacturing electrical automotive.

“I’m happy that now we have consequently achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of vary at the moment 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 buy a Tesla Mannequin S at the moment, whereas you’ll be able to’t buy a Lucid Air after studying this story. Nonetheless, Lucid continues to be accepting reservations for the luxurious sedan and plans to fireside 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 seems to be the eventual victor.

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Sean Szymkowski