Thursday, December 3

Lucid Motors Claims Unparalleled Range and Power for New EV

NEWARK, CA, – Lucid Motors last night unveiled its battery electric vehicle which the company says will be the first to break the 500-mile-range-on-a-single-charge barrier as well as offering the fastest charging times, the most power, the most aerodynamic EV and a new level of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) in a roomy, luxurious package.

“Lucid Motors is driven to make the electric car better, and by doing so, help move the entire industry forward, towards accelerated adoption of sustainable mobility,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors. “The goal of this relentless approach to developing the world’s most advanced electric vehicle is to benefit all mankind with sustainable, zero emission transportation, and to also attract new customers to the world of EVs.

“With the Lucid Air, we have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels.”

The Lucid Air is the result of a revolutionary approach to automotive packaging, called the Lucid Space Concept, which capitalizes upon the miniaturization of Lucid’s in-house developed EV drivetrain to optimize interior cabin space. The company used a holistic, clean-sheet approach to advanced EV construction, without using existing “off the shelf” solutions so often seen in EVs from legacy automakers. 

By simultaneously making smaller, yet more powerful, electric motors and dramatically improving the packaging of the entire electric powertrain, Lucid can reclaim that space for passengers and their comfort.

With up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, the Lucid Air can achieve quarter-mile times as quick as 9.9 seconds. Lucid claims it is the only electric sedan able to achieve a sub-10-second quarter-mile time. The power of the Lucid Air is complemented by an available extended-range capability that achieves an estimated EPA range of up to 517 miles on a single charge.

The company claims speed extends to the vehicle’s charging, which, with the proper equipment, can produce 300 miles of range in 20 minutes of charging.

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Lucid Motors Announces DreamDrive ADAS

The Next Level in ADAS

The Lucid Air’s advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), Lucid DreamDrive, is a first-of-its-kind platform combining the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with a cutting-edge Driver Monitoring System (DMS), all standard on the Lucid Air Dream Edition.

It is the first system of its kind to offer 32 sensors, covering vision, radar and ultrasonics, plus the world’s first standard high-resolution LIDAR in an EV, all working alongside the standard DMS and geo-fenced HD mapping to provide the safest possible approach to Level 2 and Level 3 driver assistance technologies.

The Lucid Air will be available initially in North America, offered in four model ranges:

  • The Air, the starting point for the lineup, available in 2022 and starting below $80,000 ($72,500 after USA federal tax credit)
  • The well-equipped Air Touring model, available late 2021, from $95,000 ($87,500 after USA federal tax credit)
  • The fully equipped Air Grand Touring, available mid 2021, from $139,000 ($131,500 after USA federal tax credit)
  • The all-inclusive, limited-volume Air Dream Edition, available spring 2021, at $169,000 ($161,500 after USA federal tax credit)

About Lucid Motors

Lucid’s mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable transportation by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centered around the human experience. The company’s first car, the Lucid Air, is a state-of-the-art luxury sedan with a California-inspired design underpinned by race-proven technology. Featuring luxurious interior space in a mid-size exterior footprint, the Air will be capable of an estimated EPA range of over 500 miles and 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds. Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Ariz., will begin in spring of 2021.

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Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.