520-mile range Lucid Air enters production

Lucid, the new Tesla rival, has finally entered production with its EV Air saloon.

520-mile range Lucid Air enters production

This innovative EV pushes the boundaries of what electric cars can achieve. Its range, that exceeds 500 miles, beats anything a Tesla can currently offer by about 100 miles.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition will cost almost $170,000 (£124,000) in the US. Its 1065bhp allows it to achieve 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds. The Dream Edition can also travel quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds – making it the first electric saloon to achieve this feat.

The saloon will be launching in the US initially, however it will also be available for order in select European countries. There still hasn’t been a date set for a UK launch, although you can reserve a place online with a £770 deposit.

The Lucid Air has not only been dubbed ‘the most aero-dynamic luxury car in the world’ it’s also been claimed that it’s ‘the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered’ by Lucid themselves.

All derivatives of this model should be able to recharge 300 miles worth of range in just 20 minutes when using a DC fast charger.

The top of the range aerodynamics are possible because of the Air’s flat and curved shape. The interior styling that includes thin pillars and a sloping glass roof, help to reflect the vehicle’s light and airy feel.

Tech on the Air includes a 34” curved screen with 5k quality and a ‘pilot panel’ touchscreen that allows the driver to control the car’s various systems.

A partnership with Amazon means that there is an integrated Alexa voice-recognition software.

Unique architecture will be used such too, such as Lucid’s own Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP) and an Air suspension that will use regenerative valve technology to give a superlative ride quality.

Lucid’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) is made up of 32 sensors that will mean it can provide level 2 and 3 autonomous functionality.

The new Lucid Air will be built at a multi-million dollar factory in Arizona alongside a new SUV which will join the range in the coming years.

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