On Wednesday, Lucid Motors unveiled the production version of its first electric vehicle. It goes into production this year, starting in 20 2021 and using Formula E-proven battery technology to achieve a range of 517 miles (813 km) with a 113kWh pack. Despite a steady drip-feed of air-related news over the past few months, we are still in the dark about important facts about how expensive it is, how powerful it is, and how fast it can go. The answer to all three – at least for the first year of production – is very.
Let’s dispel the bad news first: Lucid Air is not going to be cheap. When we first met Lucid in 2017, it was expecting the entry-level air to cost $ 60,000. Unfortunately this will not be the case – now the company says “below $ 80,000” before the tax credits for the cheapest version, which won’t arrive until 2022. But no car manufacturer discontinues a new model with fluctuating economy versions; Whether you are a Tesla or a Porsche, you first bring big cannons.
The biggest gun here is the Air Dream Edition. And I mean big: 1,080hp (805kW), minus 60mph (97km / h) in 2.5 seconds, standing quarter-mile (402m) in 9.9 seconds (144mph / 231km / h), and a price tag to match. Once you file your tax return and claim the IRC 30D credit, at $ 169,000 (or $ 161,500). The tradeoff is such a minor range hit for so much power and speed, but fear not, the Air Dream Edition will still get you on a single charge, with an estimated EPA range of 503 miles (810 km) on 193-inch wheels, or 465 mi (748 km) if it is wearing a 21-inch alloy.
A second option for early adopters is Air Grand Touring, for those who are fond of long-distance trumpets. The Grand Touring battery only gets 800hp (597kW) of power from the Air’s front and rear electric motors, and so this version is slightly slower (3 seconds 0-60mph, 10.8 seconds for 1.4 miles), but the longest legs (aforementioned ) Is 517 mi). But it’s still not cheap, with a base price of $ 139,000 before tax incentives.
In late 2021, air touring goes on sale for $ 95,000 (before credit). With “only” 620hp (462kW), in 3.2 seconds it’s only as fast as the McLaren F1 in a 60mph dash. (The prototype remains the Air’s McLaren F1-rivaling top speed test driver, with the Dream Edition and Grand Touring limited to 168mph / 270km / h, and a tour range of 155mph / 250km / h.) For this version Range. The wind is estimated at 402 mi (647 km) – which is dissimilar to the current Tesla Model S – suggesting that it may use a slightly smaller battery pack.
The final version that has been officially announced is Regular Air. But apart from the price (sub- $ 80,000) and its anticipated arrival (2022) we have only one more concrete fact from Lucid that, like the more expensive versions, it will also be able to add 300 miles (482 km) to 350kW DC. Range in 20 minutes when connected to fast charger. Like many existing OEMs with new battery EVs on the market or coming soon, Lucid has partnered with Electrification America, and owners will get three years of free DC fast charging.
In fact, Lucid has at least one more air in the works, one that will use three (rather two) electric motors. All we really know about this version is that in the drag strip it will run a quarter mile in 9.3 seconds, which makes it even faster than Johnny Smith’s flux capacitor, which made it the fastest road-legal EV in 2016. Set a world record in 9.8 seconds.
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