After being officially revealed on September 10th, the Lucid Air EV has one particularly jaw-dropping stat attached to it: according to the manufacturers, the luxury car was able to drive 517 miles on a single battery charge, more than a 100 miles further than any other electric car currently on the market.
Before this, the current record holder was the long-range version of the Tesla Model S, which recently managed to achieve 400 miles. The substantial difference between the two records indicates that Lucid is working hard to corner this aspect of the EV market, though we can presume that this constant one-upmanship will be a recurring trend over the next few years as technology improves.
The Air also has some other substantial statistics behind it, such as going from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 168mph, and will also break the current record for being the fastest-charging car in the market, if Lucid’s claims are true, with a maximum recharge speed of up to 20 miles per minute (this presumes you’re able to find a fast charger). Stop off at a petrol station charging point and you’ll be ready to drive before your disappointing coffee is finished. The car’s also equipped and outfitted with numerous sensors and geo-fenced HD mapping for Level 2 and 3 autonomous driving, and it’s even got a built-in Amazon Alexa, just to make everything feel even more sci-fi.
That being said, the Lucid Air won’t be for sale until Spring of 2021, and is very much priced as a luxury car at “less than $80,000”, meaning the vast majority of people won’t be able to afford one for the time being. Still, the advances in battery technology are undoubtedly a good thing, especially as it will likely encourage other companies to attempt new records going forward.
If you want more details, check out our comprehensive Electroheads video on the Lucid’s staggering performance below, and what it means for the industry as a whole.