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Geez, is it just me, or is every automaker gunning for Tesla at the moment? Before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merged with PSA Group to become Stellantis, the automotive group called Tesla a direct rival. Kia Corp is releasing all-electric vehicles like the Kia EV6, and all-electric startup Rivian is also challenging Tesla with its electric pickup truck, the RT1. Now, another all-electric startup enters the fray, and it currently blows all of the competition out of the water with its driving range – 520 miles. That’s a lot of distance to cover for an all-electric sedan, but Lucid Motors is surely up to the challenge.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently rated Lucid Motors’ Air Dream Edition all-electric luxury sedan at 520 miles. This is a small increase to the company’s original quote of 517 miles. The company, Lucid Motors, also claims that the vehicle can hit a quarter-mile in under 10 seconds and boasting over 1,000 horsepower. 520 miles puts the Lucid Air in the winner’s circle for the longest-range EV ever rated by the agency. It’s over 200 more than the Rivian RT1 electric pickup truck (300 miles), and a whole 100 miles more range than the longest-range Tesla, the Model S Long Range Plus model.
There is one thing that Lucid Motors will have working against the startup. The Rivian RT1 starts at $67,500 – it’s yet to debut R1S SUV has a starting MSRP of $70,000. Considering all the things the all-electric pickup truck RT1 comes with - 20-inch – 22-inch wheels, a complete kitchen built into the body of the truck, the choice of two different power packs, and its own infotainment system tech. Lucid Motors is putting the Lucid Air Dream Edition with 19-inch wheels starting at $169,000. That is a huge difference in price, but remember, the Dream Edition is basically the launch edition of the Lucid Air. Lucid Motors says the base models will be closer to $77,400 ($69,900 after federal EV tax credits, if applicable).
Base models won’t come out until some time next year (2022). So for those of you who like spending the big bucks, there are three Lucid Air models available: the Dream Edition with 21-inch wheels (481 mile range), the Dream Edition Performance (with 471 mile driving range when equipped with 19-inch wheels, 451 miles with 21-inch wheels), and the Grand Touring (with a driving range of 516 miles when equipped with 19-inch wheels, 469 miles with 21-inch wheels). It’s probably safe to assume that the latter two will be more expensive, with the Grand Touring maybe nearing $200,000 as the starting price.
We would also like to note that those special editions don’t get too close to the 520-mile EPA rating that we can only assume the base model would get. We assume the base models in 2022 will be closer to the 520-mile range because we’ve only heard about one power source thus far – a 113kWh battery pack. Of course, Lucid Motors is smart to note that EPA ratings are more like a guideline rather than something set in stone.
“The EPA estimates, including EV range, are meant to be a general guideline for consumers when comparing vehicles…Just like ‘your mileage may vary’ for gasoline vehicles, your range will vary for EVs.” – Lucid Motor Website
Nice save. Lucid Motor is set to start delivering orders of the Lucid Air Dream Edition by the end of the year, with already 100 units nearing final production. You can learn more about Lucid Motor, Rivian, and other startups when you follow us on NowCar social media.