When you think of electric cars, the first name to come to your mind is Tesla. Elon Musk’s company has almost become synonymous with the words ‘electric car’ and it is challenging for other automakers, especially new ones, to get the spotlight. However, there is a new electric car on the horizon that is set to break the monopoly-in-the-market barrier, and its called Lucid Air!
How can Lucid Air trump Tesla or get close? Well, they take the best of the brand’s successful tips and the best of their original design to give the world a legitimately good alternative to owning a Tesla. “Our mission is to deliver sustainable luxury with a class-leading range in the form of the lucid air, and we are closer than ever to turning that dream into reality,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors. As we all wait for the global reveal that is now happening online instead of the New York Auto Show, we already know that Lucid Air has raised the bar for electric vehicles with its estimated EPA range of 517 miles (832.03 km) on a single charge which makes it the longest-range electric vehicle to date. And it doesn’t stop there, Lucid Air is also set to be the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles (32.19 km) per minute. For owners charging their Lucid Air in real-world conditions on the road, that can translate into 300 miles (482.8 km) in just 20 minutes of charging.
“We designed every aspect of the Lucid Air and its platform in-house to be hyper-efficient, from the powertrain to the aerodynamics, and we’ve set several new benchmarks. With our ultra-high voltage 900V+ electrical architecture and the proprietary Wunderbox, we have significantly increased the speed of energy getting into, around, and even out of the vehicle, delivering the world’s fastest charging EV packed with future-ready charging features,” says Eric Bach, VP of Hardware Engineering, Lucid Motors. Say goodbye to range anxiety and long hours of charging. Lucid Air also comes with its own intelligent technology called the Air which will keep your smart lifestyle integrated with your rides. “An onboard virtual assistant tracks usage patterns and preferences, integrating seamlessly with your digital life. Everything is tuned to your liking, from cueing up your favorite music to setting the perfect temperature for your arrival home.” says the team. Using this system, it lets you control key vehicle features no matter where you are seated in the car.
Among the few elements that stood out to us, we see the logo placement similar to Tesla. The front Garnish is unibody in design – usually, we see it in concepts so it is very exciting to actually see it in a production-ready vehicle. Lucid Air is also aiming to be a status symbol like Tesla with its large backseat that adds extra passenger space and gives them a luxurious experience, especially with the executive rear seats for a reclining experience. There is additional storage space in the front and the back so it doesn’t sacrifice functionality for the sporty look. Glass roofs are not revolutionary but this car has a sweeping glass canopy that elevates the game. If your car is not adding pollutants to the air, might as well roll back the roof and take a deep breath!