Speculators have speculated that the Lucid Air may be the Tesla killer.
In the premium electric car market, there is no lack of competition, and the Lucid Air aims to take it on head-on. This is a vehicle to keep an eye on if you’re looking for speed, range, and a sleek aerodynamic design.
With a range of 520 miles and a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds, the Lucid Air may even be the Tesla challenger we’ve been waiting for. If you’re looking for a premium car that can compete with the Tesla Model S Plaid, this is it.
A complete review is coming soon, and we hope you’ll be interested in seeing what we think of the Lucid Air. From its design and delivery timeline to its specifications and Dream Edition, here’s everything you need to know about the Lucid Air.
Price and release date information about Lucid Air
The first Lucid Air shipments are expected in the second part of 2021, according to Lucid. We don’t know when precisely it will be released, therefore we can’t give you an exact date just yet.
The Lucid Air is far from a bargain automobile, but then again, luxury does not come cheap. There are four versions to choose from, with costs beginning at $77,400 and going all the way up to $161,500.
A $300 deposit is required to book the Lucid Air Pure, which begins at $69,900. A $1,000 deposit is required for the Lucid Air Touring ($95,000) and the Grand Touring ($139,000) models.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition is also being produced, however it is currently unavailable due to a lack of production capacity. There is an option to join the waiting list, but costs start at $169,000. There will be two versions of the Dream Edition: the Dream Range and the Dream Performance.
Battery and range of the Lucid Air
The Lucid Air’s tremendous range is a major selling factor. Some of the most well-known names in electric car endurance, like Tesla, even, have more range than this vehicle. A single charge of the Air Dream Edition Range model’s 113 kWh battery would let it to go 520 miles on one charge, according to Lucid and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Once EPA range testing is complete, they expect this number to be in the neighbourhood of 503. In retrospect, it seems like Lucid was being too cautious in its projections.
Air Dream Edition performance, on the other hand, can go 471 miles on a single charge while sacrificing some range in exchange for more power.
However, because both of these variants are only accessible in restricted numbers, what are the normal Lucid Air models capable of providing? Using the same 113 kWh battery as both of the Dream Edition Airs, the Grand Touring model can go 516 miles before needing to recharge. In contrast, the Pure Air vehicles feature a 75 kWh battery, which allows them to travel 406 miles on a single full charge.
The Long Range Model S, which has a range of 405 miles, is Tesla’s current longest-range model. As a result, all five of the Lucid Air models now have increased range. Of course, with the impending 500- and 600-mile-capable Cybertruck and 2022 Tesla Roadster, Tesla is unlikely to remain in second position for long.
Additionally, charging on the Lucid Air is lightning quick, with compatibility for charging rates of up to 300 kW. The business claims that in only 20 minutes, you may recoup up to 300 miles of range. In addition, it can charge at up to 19.2kW AC via the CCS standard.
Like the F-150 Lightning, the Lucid Air may be utilised as a battery backup for your home. Electrify America offers three years of free access to its fast charging network to Lucid Air customers.
Superb power and performance from Lucid Air
The Lucid Air still has you covered if performance is more essential than range in an EV. But once again, the car’s power depends on the version you choose.
In terms of performance, the top-of-the-line Dream Performance is equipped with 1,111 horsepower, and it can sprint from zero to sixty mph in only 2.5 seconds. This is followed by the Dream Range, which is powered by 933 horsepower since it has a 517-mile fuel tank. In 2.7 seconds, it can travel from zero to 60 miles per hour. Both vehicles have two motors and all-wheel-drive capabilities.
It’s a shame the Lucid Air Dream models aren’t available, but the three versions that are currently available for reservations provide excellent performance anyway.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring has 800 horsepower, whereas the Air Touring has 620. The Air Pure variant, on the other hand, has the least amount of power, at 480 hp. It’s unfortunate that Lucid hasn’t disclosed their 0-60 timings or if all three models would reach 168mph at the same time.
Design and interiors by Lucid Air
According to Lucid, with a drag coefficient of under 0.21, their Lucid Air is one of the world’s most aerodynamic vehicles. The smooth lines and “fluid shape” of the design are said to have been influenced by aviation. Even the car’s self-driving sensors have been integrated into the vehicle’s design.
When it comes to its inside, the Lucid Air has certainly been created with opulence in mind. Most noticeable is the glass top that provides a panoramic view of the outside world and an unbelievable amount of room that Lucid says is due to its downsized powertrain components.
Depending on the type of Lucid Air you choose, you may pick between full grain leather and a leather replacement in a choice of colours for the inside of your vehicle. In the future, Lucid has promised that the back seats would be completely reclining and massaged.
Almost every electric vehicle now on the road comes standard with a variety of entertainment choices. One of the most notable features is that it integrates both driving and navigation information on a 34-inch 5L ‘floating screen.’ Additionally, the digital gauge cluster may be tucked away neatly into the dashboard when not in use.
‘Surreal Sound’, Lucid’s immersive audio technology, will also be included in select Lucid Air versions. To provide directional sound in “concert quality,” it makes use of 21 separate speakers around the cabin and supports Dolby Atmos. We can only hope that the quality of your streaming media is adequate.
Despite its small size, the Lucid Air has enough of room for your gear, with a total of 456 litres (16 cubic feet) of trunk capacity and 202 litres (7 cubic feet) of front trunk space. If you’re looking for an SUV-level of storage in a sedan like the Lucid Air, you’ll have to go elsewhere. While the volume is less than the Model S’s 804 and 150 litres, there is still enough of capacity for groceries and other items. In addition, the rear seats may be lowered to provide place for heavier objects that you need to carry.
A self-driving vehicle
The DreamDrive system is the Lucid Air’s most crucial technology. Driver assistance technology such as DreamDrive allows the automobile to do some of the more taxing aspects of driving while you sit back and relax.
To Lucid’s account, There are 32 sensors on board DreamDrive, making it the’most complete advanced driver aid system’ now available in an electric vehicle (EV). Other sensors include a LiDAR camera and a radar.
In the near future, Lucid hopes to enhance DreamDrive to a level 3 autonomous driving technology. Level 3 will not eliminate the necessity for a driver, but it will enable them to take their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road for a portion of the time, at least according to some reports.
Sensors, an in-car monitor and high-definition maps will be used in this system comparable to GM’s Super Cruise function. As a result, the system will also be geolocked to prevent individuals from utilising it in jurisdictions where level 3 autonomy is not yet permitted.
As a Level 2 autonomous system, DreamDrive will be ready to go upon launch, with Level 3 capabilities being added later as an over-the-air upgrade. The Lucid Air is expected to offer comparable features to other level 2 systems, such as lane maintaining, lane change assistance, and adaptive cruise control.
Although Lucid has failed to deliver on its three-year promise, it indicates that we are moving closer to a fully self-driving automobile.
The vista from Lucid Air.
Despite its high price, the Lucid Air is well worth the money, especially if you go for the Dream or Grand Touring variants. It promises a greater range, better performance, and more advanced semi-autonomous driving capabilities than any of its rivals can provide.
Luxurious driving and passenger experiences are also being offered by Lucid. After all, how often do you get the opportunity to sit in a vehicle that has massaging seats for your enjoyment? This car seems to be highly ambitious, so let’s hope Lucid can achieve our expectations. Keep an eye out for our in-depth review of the Lucid Air, coming soon.