Lucid Motors’ Air Dream Version has acquired an Environmental Safety Company-rated vary of 520 miles, making it the longest-range EV ever rated by the company.
The EPA score certifies Lucid’s declare from over a yr in the past that its forthcoming electrical sedan can be the longest vary manufacturing EV in the marketplace. It additionally represents a victory for Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson, who led growth of the Mannequin S when he labored at Tesla and has stated that the Air will outmatch Elon Musk’s firm when it comes to vary, luxurious, acceleration, and value.
The Air Dream Version bests the longest-range Tesla, the Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus, by over 100 miles. However that added vary will come at a price, with the Dream Version with 19-inch wheels beginning at $169,000. If that sticker value is simply too spicy for you, it might be finest to attend till 2022, when Lucid plans to launch a base mannequin that begins at $77,400 (or $69,900 with the federal EV tax credit score).
The EPA additionally rated the assorted trim ranges, such because the Dream Version with 21-inch wheels (481 miles), Dream Version Efficiency (471 miles with 19-inch wheels and 451 miles with 21-inch wheels), and the Grand Touring (516 miles with 19-inch wheels and 469 miles with 21-inch wheels).
The Air’s 113kWh battery pack, in addition to its aerodynamic design, assist contribute to the automobile’s spectacular vary. After all, vary is extremely subjective and the EPA score is supposed to current a snapshot of the Air’s efficiency beneath the precise circumstances of the company’s testing course of. It sometimes excludes elements equivalent to steep hill climbing and the consequences of chilly climate.
“The EPA estimates, including EV range, are meant to be a general guideline for consumers when comparing vehicles,” the company says on its website. “Just like ‘your mileage may vary’ for gasoline vehicles, your range will vary for EVs.”
EV vary is decided independently by the EPA, in addition to Europe’s Worldwide Harmonized Gentle Car Take a look at Process (WLTP), that are sometimes extra optimistic than the EPA.
The Newark, California-based firm, which lately went public, is gearing as much as begin delivering its first automobiles to prospects later this yr, and it has already constructed greater than 100 near-final high quality variations at its new manufacturing facility in Arizona. Lucid is internet hosting a manufacturing preview at its Superior Manufacturing Plant manufacturing facility (often called AMP-1) in Casa Grande, Arizona on the finish of September.