Lucid Motors immediately has introduced probably the most reasonably priced model of the Air sedan (merely referred to as Lucid Air) can have a beginning MSRP of $77,400. Which means a base Air with 406 miles of vary and 480 HP will be had for $69,900 after deducting the $7,500 federal tax credit score. We should always observe that the Lucid Air has not but been licensed as tax-credit eligible by the IRS, however that must be a easy formality.
Simply in case anybody failed to note, simply yesterday, Tesla announced a $3,000 price reduction for the Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus, taking its beginning MSRP all the way down to $71,990. Since Tesla’s autos no longer qualify for the Federal Tax Credit, the Lucid Air will price $2,000 lower than the bottom Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus. Regardless that the bottom Lucid Air will not be out there till someday in 2022, we discover the timing of Tesla’s worth discount curious, to say the least.
The Lucid Air sedan will actually be the primary EV to be a direct competitor with the Tesla Mannequin S, and beats it is Tesla counterpart in lots of regards. The Air has extra inside passenger and cargo house, and the inside is extra luxuriously appointed than any Tesla automobile is.
The Lucid Air costs sooner than the Mannequin S, and even costs sooner than Tesla’s quickest charging autos, the Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y. Nonetheless, that solely counts if you could find a DC quick charging station that may ship the 300+ kW that the Air’s 924-volt battery pack can settle for.
Tesla’s strong community of Superchargers is unmatched, due to this fact the Air’s faster-charging capabilities is probably not as massive of a bonus as they appear like on paper, at the least initially. Dc quick cost infrastructure is quickly increasing, led by the efforts of Electrify America.
“The Lucid Air is a automobile that thrills me personally as a result of it delivers a degree of efficiency, effectivity, and luxurious that’s at present unseen in immediately’s EVs,” mentioned Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors. “Our imaginative and prescient from the start – what drives this firm – is creating the world’s finest EV know-how whereas making it progressively extra attainable over time. With the beginning worth of Lucid Air vary introduced immediately, we’re setting the stage for broader adoption of the most recent, game-changing EV know-how.”
As a further perk to decide to a Lucid Air now, clients who reserve any of the 4 variations of the Lucid Air will obtain three years of free charging on Electrify America’s rising nationwide community of ultra-high-speed charging stations.
The Air additionally has barely extra vary than the Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus, with an estimated EPA vary ranking of 406 miles in comparison with 402 for the Mannequin S. Tesla holds the facility benefit with the Mannequin S’s 534 HP (398 KW) in comparison with the entry-level Lucid Air’s 480 HP (358 KW). Lucid hasn’t introduced 0-60 instances for the bottom mannequin Air, nevertheless it’s honest to say it will not problem the Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus’s 0-60 time of three.7 seconds.
Moreover, time will not stand nonetheless for Lucid, and Tesla is at all times enhancing on its choices. By the point this entry-level Air is offered, Tesla could also be utilizing their new battery cells on the Mannequin S. That might imply the vary, in addition to efficiency, would doubtless be improved.
Rounding out the 4 Lucid Air variants:
- The Air, the start line for the lineup, out there in 2022, from $77,400
($69,900 after the federal tax credit score)
- The well-equipped Air Touring mannequin, out there in late 2021, from $95,000
($87,500 after the federal tax credit score)
- The totally geared up Air Grand Touring, out there in mid-2021, from $139,000
($131,500 after the federal tax credit score)
- The all-inclusive, limited-volume Air Dream Version, out there spring 2021, at $169,000
($161,500 after the federal tax credit score)
The Lucid Air comes commonplace with single-motor rear-wheel-drive configuration however will be ordered in all-wheel-drive kind. Lucid’s DreamDrive superior driver-assistance methods are optionally available on the entry-level Air, which Lucid guarantees is “combining probably the most complete sensor suite in the marketplace with a cutting-edge driver monitoring system”. Luxurious inside appointments for the Lucid Air mannequin embrace PurLuxe animal-free inside trim within the Mojave theme, the 34” Lucid Glass Cockpit curved, floating show, and the biggest frunk ever out there in an electrical sedan.
Reservations are actually open for all Lucid Air fashions beginning as little as solely $300.00 for the bottom Air. These can accomplish that on the Lucid Motors website or at one of many two Lucid Motors retail areas which have already opened for enterprise, together with the recently opened Beverly Hills Studio and repair heart. Buyer deliveries for the Lucid Air Dream Edition start in early 2021.