Lucid Motors Reveals Lucid Air Luxury Performance Electric Sedan
Startup electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid Motors has revealed details for its first model, the Lucid Air luxury performance sedan, expected to enter production in early 2021. With up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, the Lucid Air is able to achieve quarter-mile acceleration times as quick as 9.9 seconds on a consistent, repeatable basis. An available extended-range capability achieves an estiated EPA range of up to 517 miles on a single charge. When it arrives to market, the Lucid Air will is anticipated to be the fastest charging EV ever, thanks to an ultra-high 900V+ electrical architecture, custom lithium-ion battery cells, a highly sophisticated battery and thermal management system, with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute when connected to a DC Fast Charging network.
The Air's remarkably airy interior is the result of a revolutionary approach to automotive packaging called the Lucid Space Concept, which capitalizes upon the miniaturization of Lucid’s in-house developed EV drivetrain to optimize interior cabin space. The concept is central to the architecture of the Lucid Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP) upon which the Lucid Air, and forthcoming Lucid vehicles, will be built. By simultaneously making smaller yet more powerful electric motors and dramatically improving the packaging of the entire electric powertrain, Lucid is able to reclaim that space for passengers and their comfort. In front of the driver is a 34-inch curved Glass Cockpit 5K display that “floats” above the dashboard. In addition, a retractable central Pilot Panel sits in finger-tip reach of the driver and passenger for deeper control of the vehicle’s systems and functions. To complement the digital displays, several highly tactile, precision-milled physical controls are present, including ribbed turbines for steering wheel functions, a volume control roller, and alloy toggle switches for tuning climate settings.
The distinctive styling of the Lucid Air is a result of pushing the envelope of aerodynamic efficiency. With a drag coefficient of just 0.21, the car's wrapper is just as smooth and elegant as the interior and packed with futuristic functionality, led by a Micro Lens Array headlight system comprised of thousands of “light channels.” Developed entirely in-house, this technology provides exceptional brightnss and visibility with pinpoint aiming control.
The Lucid Air will be available initially in North America, offered in four model ranges:
- The Air, available in 2022 and starting below $80,000
($72,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
- The Air Touring model, available late 2021, from $95,000
($87,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
- The Air Grand Touring, available mid 2021, from $139,000
($131,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
- The limited-volume Air Dream Edition, available spring 2021, at $169,000
($161,500 after USA federal tax credit)*
The full product reveal video, with executive interviews and more background information on Lucid Motors, can be viewed here: