NEWARK, Calif.—Lucid, an electric-vehicle company headed by former Tesla engineer Peter Rawlinson, announced that its upcoming Lucid Air car is expected to get an EPA-rated range of at least 517 miles on a single charge, reports CNN. That’s enough juice to get someone, theoretically, from New York to Cleveland or from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back.
That’s far higher than other electric cars available today, including Tesla’s Model S Long Range Plus, which is EPA rated at 402 miles. Tesla’s is the first EV widely available to consumers to have a driving range of more than 400 miles on a single charge. The Lucid Air is expected will be unveiled Sept. 9, and the first ones will be delivered to customers early next year.
In addition, Lucid claims the Air can go from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 2.5 seconds, although doing that frequently would probably reduce the car’s total driving range. Lucid hasn’t yet revealed the size of the Lucid Air’s battery pack, except to indicate that it will be smaller than the 130 kilowatt hours company executives have previously talked about. The Tesla Model S Long Range Plus has a 100 KwH battery packet. That’s high voltage for an electric car. By comparison, Porsche boasts of the 800-volt system it uses in its high-performance Taycan. Voltage is a measure of how much power can be pushed through an electric car's cables and wires and how quickly.
According to Bloomberg, the average range for electric cars released in 2019 was around 183 miles and is due to rise to around 235 miles for this year’s models. (Electric vehicles account for 2% of global vehicle sales.)
Lucid has said the Air will cost around $150,000 but has yet to announce final pricing.