Tesla rival, Lucid Motor unleashes Lucid Air Electric Sedan with 500-mile range

Tesla rival Lucid Motor unveiled an Electric Sedan -Lucid Air with 500-mile range in a global web broadcast from its Silicon Valley headquarters.

The c deliveries of this new pure-electric luxury sedan will start in spring of 2021.

The electric Sedan with up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, is capable to achieve quarter-mile times as quick as 9.9 seconds on a consistent, repeatable basis.

So far it is the only electric sedan able to achieve a quarter-mile time under 10 seconds.

According to the company with a top speed of a little more than 320 kmph, the Lucid Air can hit zero to 100 kms in less than 3 seconds.

Featuring luxurious interior space in a mid-size exterior footprint, the Air will be capable of an estimated EPA range of over 500 miles and 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds notes the company in a statement

The power of the Lucid Air is complemented by an available extended-range capability that achieves an estimated EPA range of up to 832 kms on a single charge.

The company claims that Lucid Air when launched will be the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered, with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute when connected to a DC Fast Charging network.

Lucid Air in real-world conditions on the road, that can translate into 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes of charging.

It packs in-house developed, compact 113kWh extended-range battery pack.

The design of the Lucid Air sedan is futuristic. The headlamps have a Micro Lens Array system comprised of literally thousands of “light channels.”

Developed entirely in-house, this technology provides the brightest, most precise and advanced lighting system ever.

Digital steering of light direction is possible by digitally switching light channels in different directions, revolutionising visibility and enhancing safety.

The Lucid Air’s advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), Lucid DreamDrive, is a first-of-its-kind platform combining the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with a cutting-edge Driver Monitoring System (DMS), all standard on the Lucid Air Dream Edition. It is the first system of its kind to offer 32 sensors, covering vision, radar and ultrasonics, plus the world’s first standard high-resolution LIDAR in an EV, all working alongside the standard DMS and geo-fenced HD mapping to provide the safest possible approach to Level 2 and Level 3 driver assistance technologies.

Lucid has collaborated with Amazon to bring an advanced Alexa Built-In implementation directly into Lucid Air. This enables the driver and passengers to enjoy the full Alexa experience on the go – including navigation, calling, streaming media, smart home control, and adding items to a shopping cart or to-do list – all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

The Lucid implementation of Alexa also provides an expanded set of localized vehicle control features of Lucid Air including HVAC, all with a simple voice command. When a driver uses Alexa there will also be visual support for commands via the Lucid Air’s Glass Cockpit display. Over time, the available feature set will continue to grow via Lucid’s built-in Over-the-Air (OTA) updates.

The Lucid Air will be available initially in North America, offered in four model ranges:

  • The Air, the starting point for the lineup, available in 2022 and starting below $80,000
    ($72,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
  • The well-equipped Air Touring model, available late 2021, from $95,000
    ($87,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
  • The fully equipped Air Grand Touring, available mid 2021, from $139,000
    ($131,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
  • The all-inclusive, limited-volume Air Dream Edition, available spring 2021, at $169,000
    ($161,500 after USA federal tax credit)*