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Tesla's Model S luxury EV sedan was introduced just two months ago with the Long Range Plus model with a range of 402 miles (647 km), The Lucid Air sedan, to be launched by Lucid Motors as a rival to the Model S, has achieved a range of 517 miles (832 km) on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy measurement standards, far exceeding the original estimate of about 400 miles. If this kind of range becomes commonplace for a typical sedan, we may see a tipping point where EVs replace internal combustion engine vehicles sooner than expected.
The Lucid Air is still in the pre-production stage, and while it's still being measured by prototypes, this record in electric consumption rate measurements by an agency independent of the manufacturer is likely to be a factor in pushing people to consider buying one when it comes on the market.
Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson says the company has achieved several technological breakthroughs from the 400 miles promised a few years ago when it released its first prototype, and has been able to gain energy efficiency that extends its range while reducing the size of the battery.
Smaller batteries are a good thing, as they weigh less and cut costs, as well as provide more space inside the car. The development of Atieva, Lucid's battery division and Formula E supplier, played a major role in this improvement in battery technology.
Like the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air (albeit in the prototype stage) delivers strong performance with the characteristics of an EV. For example, its output is 1,000 HP and its 0-60 mph acceleration is agile at 2.5 seconds. It has the potential to reach a top speed of 200mph, which is equivalent to that of a Formula 1 car.
It will also be equipped with LiDAR and 32 sensors to enable DreamDrive, a level 3 automated driving system. The New York Motor Show 2020, which was supposed to be the original venue for the announcement, was cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic, but Lucid is preparing for an event that will premiere online on September 9. That's where we should get more details on pricing, option configurations, interior and exterior design, and more.
The Lucid Air looks pretty cool as far as images and videos go, and the company plans to start deliveries in the US in early 2021.
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