Lucid Air given an 837-kilometre EPA-range

Californian start-up Lucid Motors has published official range ratings for its Air electric sedan by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With up to 520 miles for the longest-range variant, the Lucid Air has the highest EPA rating for an electric car to date.

The top value applies to the ‘Dream Edition Range’ of the Lucid Air with 19-inch wheels and is 520 miles, which is approximately 837 kilometres. The Dream Edition Range is a new variant: when it was presented in September 2020, the 588 kW Grand Touring model was still listed as the option with the longest range, while the Dream Edition had an output of 794 kW according to information at the time.

However, the Dream Edition has now been split – into the aforementioned Dream Edition Range with 686 kW of power and 520 miles of range and the Dream Edition Performance. The latter has an output of 817 kW and, with the 19-inch wheels, is rated at 471 miles EPA range (758 kilometres). With the optional 21-inch wheels, the ranges are 481 miles (Dream Edition Range) and 451 miles (Dream Edition Performance) respectively.

The Lucid Air Grand Touring still has an output of 588 kW. With the 19-inch versions, the calculated EPA range is 516 miles, i.e. 830 kilometres – and thus only two kilometres below the provisional value that Lucid had given at the premiere a year ago. With the 21-inch version, 469 miles (755 kilometres) are still possible in the EPA standard.

“Crucially, this landmark has been achieved by Lucid’s world-leading in-house EV technology, not by simply installing an oversize battery pack,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Group. “Our race-proven 900V battery and BMS technology, our miniaturized drive units, coupled with our Wunderbox technology endow Lucid Air with ultra-high efficiency, enabling it to travel more miles from less battery energy.”

The current Tesla Model S Long Range gets an EPA range of 405 miles (652 kilometres). No EPA range rating is yet available for the Mercedes EQS. In the WLTP, which usually provides for higher range figures than the EPA, the EQS comes to 770 kilometres or 478 miles – the EPA range should therefore probably be below this value. A WLTP rating for the Lucid Air is not yet known, but it should follow soon – after all, Lucid reportedly wants to offer its electric sedan in Europe from 2022.


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