Hurry up, Elon Musk. Tesla may be the first to build an electric car with over 400 miles of range, but Lucid has some pretty staggering news to let us know.
The startup, which once stood on the brink of collapse, said TuesdayWill go an astonishing 517 miles on a single charge. Five hundred and seventeen miles, folks. Nice weather be king with one and in fact, it will remain at the top until Lucid actually creates Qi. But when it does, it can strike a huge blow to Tesla.
Now of course, it’s easy to put the numbers around when it comes to startups and wild concepts. But Lucid did its homework. They brought Air to FEV North America to undergo independent testing. There, FEV applied the EPA’s current testing cycle to a standard correction factor, and that returned the 517-mile range. Besides the independent test results, Lucid said its own testing indicated the Air would go beyond its original estimate of 400-plus miles of range.
“A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototype of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles of range, a reflection of our technology at the time,” said Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson. “During the intervention phase, we achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in superior levels of energy efficiency.”
Essentially, Lucid assumed it was many years ahead of the game. However, while the company ran into financial trouble before being thrown a lifeline in the form, it also continues to develop its own technology. That brought us to where we are today, less than a month ago in September.
Rawlinson also notes the 900-volt electrical architecture of Air and Atieva, battery and technology arm supplier Lucid. As of 2018, Atieva is the official battery supplier for the FIAthe racing series, and apparently, Lucid thinks their experience pays off in producing an electric car.
“I am satisfied that we have achieved an estimated EPA 517 mile range today while also significantly reducing our battery capacity, thereby reducing vehicle weight and cost and improving our battery capacity. Improved interior space, “added Rawlinson.
This is quite an achievement from Lucid, although remember, you can buy a Tesla Model S today, when you can’t.after reading this story. However, Lucid is still accepting reservations for the luxury sedan and plans to increase production now in early 2021. And unless Tesla quit or With their planned 500-mile range, Lucid appeared to be the winner in the end.