Lucid air design
First, let’s check out the final design because it’s one of the few things Lucid has kept close to his chest until today.
For those familiar with the first version of the car unveiled in 2017 before Lucid ran into financial trouble, you’ll find it to be very similar.
Little has changed. It has very simple yet sleek lines, resulting in a striking luxury sedan that looks small on the outside but feels big on the inside.
With the Air, Lucid followed a California-inspired design philosophy that shines throughout the vehicle, especially with the colors.
Here are some pictures of the exterior of the Lucid Air:
The interior is a bit more different than what we saw on the prototype unveiled a few years ago.
Most of the changes happened to the backseat, which Lucid toned down significantly in the production version:
As for the cockpit, it still features that large curved dashboard and a retractable screen in the center console.
Lucid Air Specifications
We already knew which specs were making the headlines due to Lucid’s sluggish reporting ahead of the unveiling, but they have now released more details for all the different versions.
Here are the main features of the Lucid Air:
|Models||Price (USD before incentives)||Range (EPA Est.)||Power||Performance specifications (0-60 second acceleration, 1/4 mile time, top speed)||Loading (up to)||Availability|
|Air||Less than $ 80.00||TBA||TBA||TBA||300 miles en 20 minutes – 1,200 mph||2022|
|Air tourism||95 000 $||656 kilometers||620 horsepower||3.2s, 11.4s, 155 mph||300 miles en 20 minutes – 1,200 mph||T4 2021|
|Air Grand Touring||139 000 $||818 kilometers||800 horsepower||3.0s, 10.8s, 168 mph||300 miles en 20 minutes – 1,200 mph||T2 2021|
|Air Dream Edition||169 000 $||503 kilometers||1,080 horsepower||2,5 s, 9,9 s, 168 mph||300 miles en 20 minutes – 1,200 mph||T2 2021|
For the Dream Edition, which will be the first to be delivered and which requires a larger deposit to reserve, the 503 miles will only be achieved if you opt for the 19-inch wheels.
If you want the pretty 21-inch AeroDream wheels, the range will drop to 465 miles. How are you going to survive on just 465 miles?
Lucid has confirmed that the largest battery pack, and the first to ship in the GT and Dream versions, will have a capacity of 113 kWh.
The vehicle is also equipped with a 19.2 kW two-way on-board charger that will allow vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-vehicle charging.
I think they have a solid entry for their first vehicle.
The exterior design is elegant and simple. The car looks a bit flat to me, but I still find it attractive.
Where it really shines is with the interior design, which really maximizes the expansive space thanks to the small (but mighty) electric powertrain.
It looks extremely refined, and the materials used in the setups they’ve posted are mind-blowing.
As for the specifications, they do not now represent the new industry standard. It beats everything in the market.
However, it beats everything in the market today, and the Lucid Air isn’t really available today.
It goes into production at the new factory in Lucid, Arizona early next year, and the first deliveries are scheduled for spring 2021.
In a media snapshot last week, CEO Peter Rawlinson made several references to overtaking Tesla, saying “they will be the new leader in electric vehicles.”
He’s not wrong right now.
Lucid has some really impressive powertrain technology. First, they use an industry-leading 924-volt system, a three-phase AC electric motor, and an inverter that is only packaged in a 74kg unit that fits in a suitcase.
With a power of 500 kW, it’s about 2.5 times smaller than Tesla’s motor for the same horsepower.
The whole system ends up being around 17% more efficient than the Tesla Model S, and obviously, with the slightly larger battery, they currently beat Tesla’s best range of 402 miles.
But that’s against what Tesla is currently doing with a vehicle released eight years ago, and it has gradually improved over the years.
I’d also bet Tesla will make several other improvements to the Model S before Lucid can deliver the Air next year.
Therefore, I will take their claims of being the new market leader with a grain of salt. It all depends on the pace of innovation, and they have yet to really prove they can keep up with Tesla on that front.
We will have to wait and see.
But in the meantime, they have a really impressive vehicle in their hands that I’m sure will find a market.
It’s not cheap, and it’s hard for a newcomer to the auto industry to ask people to spend six figures on a vehicle without brand recognition like BMW, Audi, Porsche, and now Tesla.
But I think they have the luxury design, materials, and specs to justify this high sticker price.
What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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