The biggest issue with EV adoption has always been range. It seems with some consumers, it’s never enough. Even with Tesla’s Model S Long Range edition, which has an EPA rating of 400+ miles, there were still a few holdouts. Lucid Group looks to put an end to that. Lucid has been touting its Air as the car that will finally steal the throne from Tesla.
It turns out, they weren’t bluffing. Just announced, the EPA gave the Lucid Air Dream Edition a rating of an incredible 520 miles. That’s one of the biggest advances in automobile technology we’ve had this year. Period. Lucid claims to have made this number, not with bigger batteries, but with smarter technology and engineering.
“I’m delighted that our Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has been officially accredited with a range of 520 miles by the EPA, a number I believe to be a new record for any EV. Crucially, this landmark has been achieved by Lucid’s world-leading, in-house EV technology, not by simply installing an oversize battery pack,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO, and CTO, Lucid Group. “Our race-proven 900V battery and BMS technology, our miniaturized drive units, coupled with our Wunderbox technology endow Lucid Air with ultra-high efficiency, enabling it to travel more miles from less battery energy. The next-generation EV has truly arrived!”
There is no way around it- it’s expensive. The Lucid Air Dream Edition is $169,000 plus destination cost. That is quite a lot for the average consumer and is far more than its closest competitor. It’s roughly $40,000 more than the Tesla Model S Plaid. That being said, initially, the Lucid Air looks like a well-put-together vehicle that gives you a much better cockpit to live in than the Tesla.
With a 500+ mile range, I think automobile consumers can take a collective sigh of relief that range anxiety should and will no longer exist. If Lucid can make these kinds of numbers, it’s only a matter of time before Tesla, and all the other EV manufacturers respond. The advances that Lucid has made will help continue to move the ball forward in EV technology and steadily increase the world’s EV adoption rate. Which, If you see the world as an EV future, is a promising sign for what is to come.