Until now, the 415-mile Tesla Model S Long Range fitted with 19-inch wheels has been the longest-range electric vehicle ever evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is now dethroned by newcomer Lucid Motors with its long-awaited Air electric sedan. The official EPA rating is out and says the car will travel 520 miles between charges in its most efficient configuration.
That should be the Lucid Air Dream Edition line-up with 19-inch wheels, while the same car fitted with the larger 21-inch set will cover a still impressive 481 miles. Compared to the old leader, the Air beats the Model S Long Range by 115 miles with the standard wheels and 106 miles with the larger set.
If we talk about horsepower, the Dream Edition range is almost at the top of the food chain producing 933 hp, while the Tesla Model S Plaid Dream Edition Performance boosts horsepower to 1,111 hp. Naturally, going for the faster variant has a negative impact on the range, which drops to 471 miles for the version mounted on 19-inch wheels and to 451 miles for the 21-inch model.
Lucid Motors also sells the Air in a Grand Touring flavor with 800 hp and 516 miles or 469 miles of range, depending on wheel size. Naturally, all six variants are now positioned at the top of the EPA’s list of electric vehicles with the longest range. As a reminder, the sedan was designed on a 900V + electric architecture, promising 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes of charging and supporting two-way charging.
Those willing to sacrifice some range for extra performance should know that the 1,111 horsepower model aims to go from 0 to 100 km / h in two and a half seconds and cover the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds. Depending on the version, the Lucid Air will be offered with a choice of one or two motor configurations and will offer this wide range thanks to a large 113 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Production has already started at a new $ 700 million plant in Arizona, and the first deliveries to customers are expected to take place later this year. Reservations for the $ 169,000 Dream Edition have long been full, which means you’ll have to settle for a $ 139,000 Grand Touring. Lucid Motors wants $ 95,000 for the 620-hp Touring model and $ 77,400 for the base 480-hp Pure, both of which have a projected range of 406 miles.