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// About Lucid Air
The Lucid Air is an electric car produced and sold by Lucid Motors. Unveiled in December 2016, it is designed to compete with existing brands in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, in particular the Tesla Model S, the Karma Revero, the Porsche Taycan, as well as other brands in the luxury car segment, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
The Dream Edition’s EPA range is estimated at 520 mi (840 km). The production version was unveiled in September 2020, and Lucid expected to put the car into production in late 2021.
In November 2020, the Lucid Air Pure was announced with 406 miles (653 km) of projected range and 480 horsepower (360 kW) and a starting price of US$77,400. The announced range of trim levels includes Pure, Touring, Grand Touring, and Dream Edition versions.
On September 28, 2021, Lucid Motors announced that production had begun and that deliveries of the top-of-the-line Lucid Air Dream Edition would start in late October 2021, with deliveries of the base Pure model expected in late 2022. Deliveries commenced on October 30, 2021 with the very first reservation holders taking delivery of Air Dream Editions in an event in California.
The Lucid Air was conceived in the early 2010s, with a prototype unveiled to the public in 2016, and the production version unveiled in September 2020, with production planned to start in 2021.
Lucid entered into a partnership deal with Samsung SDI on December 2, 2016 for battery procurement.
In 2016, Lucid Motors created a delivery van prototype of its electric powertrain for the Air using batteries from its former brand, Atieva. Known as “Edna”, the electric powered delivery van contained two gearboxes and motors producing over 900 hp (671 kW) and a battery pack capable of storing 87 kWh of energy. Combined with all-wheel drive and other physical and software updates, Edna was able to achieve a 0–60 mph (97 km/h) time of 2.74 seconds and quarter mile time of 11.3 seconds. According to Lucid Motors, Edna was used to test the performance and real world functionality of its powertrain, including “motor control algorithms, regenerative braking behaviors, accelerator pedal feel, and cooling strategies”.
In 2018, at Laguna Seca, Lucid Motors set a new record with the Air, achieving a time of 1:39.30
In 2018, a modified Lucid Air prototype set an EV lap record of 1:41.67 at the Laguna Seca track, beating the Jaguar I Pace by seven seconds, previously holding a previous record of 1:48.18. Featured as a prototype, the Air was equipped with “Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, modified high temperature brake pads and fluid, a 6 point roll cage and fire suppression system”.
In 2018, Lucid Motors closed a US$1 billion investment deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to fund the Air’s production. Production was then expected to commence in late 2020 following the construction of the Lucid factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. The factory’s total investment was expected to amount to US$675 million by 2025 when all phases are complete, with the first phase including a US$168 million investment in equipment and US$82 million investment in property acquisition.
By May 2019, the Air was available for pre-order in the United States and Canada, with plans stated to move to China as well. In an interview, CEO Peter Rawlinson stated that China would pose as a significant market for Lucid Motors due to their intensive usage patterns, which the Air is best suited for.
In a 2019 interview, Rawlinson outlined that the US$100,000-plus vehicle could be seen as the first stage of a much bigger vision, which is to achieve a level of energy efficiency that combined with an ubiquitous fast charging network, will counteract the need for bigger sized batteries. Rawlinson specified that Lucid Motors aims to improve energy efficiency to be 5 mi (8 km) / kWh as opposed to an industry average of 3 mi (5 km) / kWh. Rawlinson further outlined then that the price of batteries was expected to drop to US$100 / kWh within the next decade, which he believes will enable Lucid Motors to produce a luxury EV for less than US$30,000.
On June 30, 2020, Lucid Motors said that they expected the Lucid Air to be “the world’s most aerodynamically efficient luxury car when it goes into production”. The company “achieved a new benchmark in aerodynamic efficiency for its luxury electric car…with tests recently completed at Windshear’s advanced rolling-road wind tunnel, the automaker verified a coefficient of drag of 0.21.”
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