Lucid Motors’ Air Dream Edition has received an Environmental Protection Agency-rated range of 520 miles, making it the longest-range EV ever rated by the agency. The EPA rating certifies Lucid’s claim from over a year ago that its forthcoming electric sedan would be the longest range production EV on the market.
The Air Dream Edition bests the longest-range Tesla, the Model S Long Range Plus, by over 100 miles. Interestingly, Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson led development of the Model S when he worked at Tesla.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition with 19-inch wheels will start at a rather expensive $169,000. By 2022, Lucid plans to release a base model that starts at $77,400 .
The EPA also rated the various trim levels, such as the Dream Edition with 21-inch wheels (481 miles), Dream Edition Performance (471 miles with 19-inch wheels and 451 miles with 21-inch wheels), and the Grand Touring (516 miles with 19-inch wheels and 469 miles with 21-inch wheels).
The Air’s 113kWh battery pack, as well as its aerodynamic design, help contribute to the vehicle’s impressive range. Of course, range is highly subjective and the EPA rating is meant to present a snapshot of the Air’s performance under the specific conditions of the agency’s testing process. It typically excludes factors such as steep hill climbing and the effects of cold weather.
The Newark, California-based company, which recently went public, is gearing up to start delivering its first vehicles to customers later this year, and it has already built more than 100 near-final quality versions at its Advanced Manufacturing Plant factory (known as AMP-1) in Casa Grande, Arizona.