Lucid Air’s 500 miles of range trumps Tesla’s Model S battery – Roadshow

Lucid swears its forthcoming Air EV will drive over 500 miles on a cost.


Maintain up, 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 share. The startup, which has, at instances, appeared to be teetering on the point of collapse, introduced on Tuesday that its forthcoming Air electric sedan will go an astounding 517 estimated miles on a single cost. 5-hundred and seventeen miles, people. At the moment, the Tesla Model S is king with a 402-mile EPA-estimated range, and in actuality, it should stay on the high till Lucid truly builds and sells Air. However when it does, it might ship a mighty blow to Tesla.

Now, after all it is simple to toss numbers round on the subject of startups and wild ideas. However Lucid appears to have performed its homework. They took the Air to FEV North America to endure unbiased testing. There, FEV utilized the EPA’s current test cycle with the usual adjustment issue, and that effort returned the quoted517-mile vary. Along with the unbiased check outcomes, Lucid stated its personal testing indicated the Air would go properly 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’ve got 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. Nevertheless, 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 present, 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’ve got consequently achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of vary at present while additionally considerably lowering our battery pack’s capability, thereby lowering automobile weight and value and bettering inside area,” Rawlinson added.

That is fairly an achievement from Lucid, although keep in mind, you should buy a Tesla Mannequin S at present, whereas you may’t buy a Lucid Air after studying this story. Nonetheless, Lucid remains 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 the eventual victor.

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Sean Szymkowski