The new standard in electric
New electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors was previously best-known as the tech company that supplied batteries for electric race cars, but they’ve now reset the bar in the world of consumer EVs.
While automakers have been chasing Tesla for years, Lucid’s first model, the Air, achieves an industry-best 520 miles of range and boasts up to an eye-watering 1,111 horsepower. The Lucid Air is a decidedly upscale large sedan with plenty of tech-forward tricks, but its prodigious power and unprecedented battery range make this a brand to keep an eye on.
The Air is very squarely in the luxury segment — one look at the handsome cabin and that’s crystal clear. Its massive panoramic sunroof doubles as the actual roof, high-quality materials cover more surfaces than you’d expect, and a huge, curved touch screen behind the steering wheel houses all the advanced tech features and functions.
At the time of launch, the Lucid Air has the longest EPA-estimated range of any battery electric vehicle in the automotive industry. While the base model achieves a 406-mile range, the Dream Edition Range does 520 miles on one charge. Plus, new Lucid Air owners get three years of free fast-charging at Electrify America charging stations.
The Air calls on its electric motors and battery pack to develop anywhere from 480 horsepower in entry trim, all the way to an incredible 1,111 ponies in the top-of-the-line Dream Edition Performance. Which means this startup tech company makes the fastest four-door EV in the auto industry outside of the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Your first impression of the Lucid Air is correct: this is a top-level executive sedan to rival big dogs like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Tesla. These stunning vehicles, produced in North America, offer a serenely wafty ride and plenty of room in the front and back seats, making a Lucid vehicle a magnificent choice for an electric, but comfortable, road trip.
The Air is the first, and so far only model from this electric vehicle manufacturer. The Pure is the base-level model, and is the only one with just one electric motor. But with 480 horsepower and 406 miles of range, even the baby Air hangs with the top offerings from Tesla and Porsche.
The middle trim level seems to strike a sweet spot, with over 100 miles more range and 150 more horsepower than the next level down. Of all Lucid’s innovations with this car, probably the most impressive is achieving an industry-best battery range. The Air’s sloped shape and efficient aerodynamics certainly play a big part.
This is the top dog. The Air Dream Edition Performance isn’t just the quickest, most exclusive car in the model range, it’s the rangiest car in the electric vehicle industry altogether. For a hefty price tag, you can do 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds and experience the impact of recent years’ remarkable EV development.
Car is amazing and TJ was flexible and communicative with both pickup and drop off