For a few years, we have seen the general design of the Lucid Air, but the final production version is now-here.
It’s a huge deal for an automaker to unveil a production vehicle with an on-sale date. This gives the general public the opportunity to either embrace or reject the company’s first offering immediately. With this, you will know that its either a failure or a success for the entire company.
2021 Lucid Air Review
The 2021 Lucid Air Dream will be the first vehicle, with $169,000 as its starting price. And this is twice the amount of the least expensive Air that its pricing starts below $80,000. The CEO of Lucid “Peter Rawlinson” said that the limited-edition Dream is the vehicle he wants. It’s a unique blend of range and performance.
The vehicle won’t have the “517 miles of EPA-estimated range” which made headlines in August. Rather, Lucid says that it will hit 465 miles, with the 21-inch aero wheels. And with 19-inch wheels, it’ll be able to stay for 503 miles between charges on the road. Meanwhile, you should know that these numbers are all released prior to the results of official EPA range tests. Lucid says that the vehicle’s battery can add 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes when connected to a DC fast-charging station. And it’s all thanks to the Air’s ultra-high 900-volt plus electrical architecture, custom lithium-ion battery cells, and thermal management system. Moreover, owners also get three years of free charging via the Electrify America network and are only charged idle fees but after the vehicles have been topped off.
Powertrain and Performance
Lucid Says that its modular pack can be adjusted to remove four individual modules for lower-priced variations of the sedan. And this is in addition to the 113.0-kWh battery that will reach as high as that 517- mile range. If you are yearning for speed and range, though, the pricey launch edition is the way to go.
The automaker of the dual-motor Dream says that the Lucid Air will have 1080 horsepower and will be able to cover a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds. He also said that it can elevate from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. This kind of record puts it in the same EV league as that of the Tesla Model S Performance with Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Raven upgrade.
The exterior part of the Lucid Air is a refined version of what Lucid has been displaying for years at auto shows and through its beta fleet of pre-production test cars. It is however shorter than you think in real life. This is the result of what they call the Lucid Space Concept, combining its rotor, transmission, and inverter into a single 163-pound unit. The reason is to save space under the cockpit in order to make the cockpit larger.
There’s plenty of legroom for large adults in the front and rear seats while sitting in the vehicle. Individuals taller than 6.3 meters might start to hit the limits of the available headroom.
2021 Lucid Air Dashboard Components
Upfront, the automaker’s 34.0-inch digital dash cluster of the Lucid Air stretches to the left for additional lighting controls and right as part of the two-screen infotainment system. On top, media, phone calls, navigation, and other items are controlled. However, these controls can be swiped down to the larger screen and this is to expose more options for those items. Meanwhile, the rest of the time, the lower display contains the energy and vehicle controls, with climate controls inclusive. The lower display also withdraws into the dash revealing additional storage in the vehicle. Lucid however did make sure to add a physical fan, with temperature and volume controls. So inside the car is not totally digital.
Lucid however announced less expensive variants in addition to the Dream edition, which will fetch $169,000. The 620 hp Touring trim level will be available in late 2021 with $95,000 as its starting price, and it has a range up to 406 miles. The 800 hp Grand Touring variant which will be costing $139,000 will go on sale in mid-2021. It will be the range king with up to 517 miles. And lastly, the regular Air will start below $80,000 and will appear in Lucid showrooms sometime in 2022. The range and horsepower for this vehicle have not yet been announced by Lucid.
Meanwhile, Reservations for Air are now open for all models of the Air. The rest of the trim levels requires a refundable deposit of $1,000 to reserve, while the Dream edition requires a $7,500 refundable deposit.