Lucid Air’s 500 miles of range trumps Tesla’s Model S battery
Hold up, Elon Musk. Tesla may have been the first to build an electric car with over 400 miles of range, but Lucid has some pretty astounding news to share. The startup, which has, at times, seemed to be teetering on the brink of collapse, announced on Tuesday that its forthcoming Air electric sedan will go an astounding 517 estimated miles on a single charge. Five-hundred and seventeen miles, folks. Today, the Tesla Model S is king with a 402-mile EPA-estimated range, and in reality, it will remain at the top until Lucid actually builds and sells Air. But when it does, it could deliver a mighty blow to Tesla.
Now, of course it’s easy to toss numbers around when it comes to startups and wild concepts. But Lucid seems to have done its homework. They took the Air to FEV North America to undergo independent testing. There, FEV applied the EPA’s current test cycle with the standard adjustment factor, and that effort returned the quoted517-mile range. In addition to the independent test results, Lucid said its own testing indicated the Air would go well beyond its original estimate of 400-plus miles of range.
“A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles of range; a reflection of our technology at that time,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson said. “In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”