Lucid will beat Tesla on battery range with first EV to travel over 500 miles – Roadshow

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


Transfer over, Elon Musk. Tesla might have been the primary to construct an electrical automobile 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, of us. At this time, 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 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 endure 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 check outcomes, Lucid mentioned its personal testing indicated the Air would go effectively past its authentic estimate of 400-plus miles of vary.

“A couple 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 know-how at the moment,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson mentioned. “Within the intervening interval we’ve got achieved a sequence of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed diploma of vitality effectivity.”

Primarily, 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 know-how. 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 know-how 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 automobile.

“I’m happy that we’ve got consequently achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of vary at the moment while additionally considerably decreasing our battery pack’s capability, thereby decreasing car weight and value and bettering inside house,” 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 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 except Tesla drops the new Roadster or Cybertruck with their deliberate 500-mile ranges, Lucid seems to be to be the eventual victor.

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Sean Szymkowski