Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

By Paul Riegler on 9 September 2020
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Lucid Motors is headquartered in Silicon Valley

Lucid Motors launched its first vehicle, the Lucid Air, on Wednesday, which was also World EV Day.

The Air, built on the automaker’s LEAP or Lucid Electric Advanced Platform, will have an industry-leading range of 517 miles (832 kilometers) with the extended-range option.  The launch edition – dubbed the Lucid Air Dream – will cost $169,000, but the sub-$80,000 Air is scheduled to be available in 2022.  Two other variants, the Air Touring and the Air Grand Touring, are planned to be available in 2021.

The sedan’s design takes its cues from its home state of California, from the choice of materials and colors to sustainability and the use of advanced technology.

Inside the cabin, the driver will face a floating 34” curved glass cockpit as well as a retractable central display, dubbed the Pilot Panel,

“Lucid Motors is driven to make the electric car better,” said the automaker’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, adding that he sees the Air and its advanced EV technology as a vehicle that will “help move the entire industry forward, towards accelerated adoption of sustainable mobility.”

Lucid said it would begin deliveries next spring.

Owners get three years of complimentary charging via the Electrify America network and Lucid says that the vehicle’s battery can add 300 miles (482 kilometers) of range in just 20 minutes.

The key to the Air’s design is something the company refers to as the Lucid Space Concept, which takes advantage of the miniaturization of the vehicle’s electric drivetrain in order to optimize cabin interior space.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)