New Lucid Air EV Gets 520 Miles on a Charge, Beating Tesla in EPA Rating

By Paul Riegler on 16 September 2021
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Lucid Motors, a start-up in EVs compared to Tesla, has beaten its competitor at its own game, namely extending the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range can go 520 miles (837 kilometers) on a single charge.  The Tesla Model S Long Range, which previously was the record holder, has a range of 402 miles (646 kilometers).

For months, Lucid, which was founded in 2007 but first began to design and build electric vehicles in 2016, has maintained that their vehicles will go farther than Tesla’s because they are more aerodynamic and use smaller, more efficient motors and other components that reduce weight.

“This landmark has been achieved by Lucid’s world-leading in-house EV technology, not by simply installing an oversize battery pack,” said the automaker’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson.

Most Lucid buyers, however, won’t be purchasing a vehicle with a range of 520 miles. The Lucid Air Dream Edition Range starts at $169,000 before federal and state incentives.  Lucid has plans for a $77,000 vehicle with somewhat reduced range.

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