Move on, Elon Musk. Tesla may have been the first to build an electric car with over 400 miles of range, but Lucid has some pretty amazing news to tell us.
The startup, which was once on the verge of collapse, said itswill travel an incredible 517 estimated miles on a single charge. Five hundred and seventeen miles, my friends. Today the is king with a , and in reality, he will stay at the top until Lucid actually builds the Air. But when it does, it could be a blow to Tesla.
Now, of course, it’s easy to throw numbers when it comes to startups and wild concepts. But Lucid did his homework. They took Air to FEV North America for independent testing. There, FEV applied the current EPA test cycle with the standard fit factor, and that returned the range of 517 miles. In addition to the independent test results, Lucid said his own tests indicated the Air would go well beyond its initial estimate of over 400 miles of range.
“A few years ago, we unveiled our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised a range of over 400 miles; a reflection of our technology at the time, ”said Peter Rawlinson, CEO of Lucid. “In the meantime, we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, resulting in an unparalleled level of energy efficiency. ”
Basically, Lucid thinks he was ahead of the game years ago. However, as the company struggled financially before being thrown a lifeline in the form of, he also continued to advance his own technology. This brought us to today, less than a month before the in September.
Rawlinson also credited the 900-volt electrical architecture of Air and Atieva, the technology arm and battery supplier of Lucid. Since 2018 Atieva has been the official supplier of batteries to the FIAracing series, and clearly, Lucid thinks his experience has paid off in building a production electric car.
“I am pleased that we have therefore achieved an estimated range of 517 EPA miles today, while significantly reducing the capacity of our battery, thereby reducing the weight and cost of the vehicle and improving interior space,” added Rawlinson.
That’s quite a feat from Lucid, but keep in mind that you can buy a Tesla Model S today, when you can’tafter reading this story. Yet Lucid is still accepting reservations for the luxury sedan and plans to start production at his early 2021. And unless Tesla drops or with their expected range of 500 miles, Lucid appears to be the eventual winner.