Lucid releases 2021 Air as a direct competition to Tesla. The luxury electric car will be priced lesser than 80,000 US dollars. Mass production will begin later in 2020, and the first Lucid Air model is expected to begin its delivery in the spring of 2021.
Lucid will push the 2021 Air Dream version sooner and it will be priced at $169,000 which is excluding US federal tax credits and any other incentives. This car is equipped with dual electric motors that produce an output of 1080 horsepower, and all-wheel drive comes standard along with it.
It can accelerate to 100 kilometers in 2.5 seconds, the top speed is 168mph, and it takes 9.9 seconds to run a quarter of a mile. At this time, the car’s speed reaches 144mph.
With the addition of the standard battery pack, it has been estimated by the EPA that the 21-inch AeroDream tires can have a range of 465 miles, which can be accelerated to 503 miles with the 19-inch version. The battery supports DC fast charging as well.
Lucid said that after the launch, Air will be the fastest charging electric car in history. By using a high-rated charger, the user can get a cruising range of up to 20 miles per minute or 300 miles in 20 minutes. A turnkey charging network has been established by Lucid in the United States in association with Electrify America, where users can charge for free.
Lucid will use its LEAP (Lucid Electric Advanced Platform) architecture and shrink the hood and rear suspension to optimize the interior space of the cabin and make the car look wonderful. Thus it will yield 9.9 cubic feet of frunk and more than 26 cubic feet of storage space for car owners.
There is the 34-inch curved “Glass Cockpit 5K” display above the dashboard for the driver as well as a retractable “Pilot Panel” center console, which can slide like an iPad.
Button switches such as audio system volume and climate control can be found on it. There is voice-controlled local support for Amazon Alexa in the infotainment system. It will also support smart speakers, such as streaming music and smart home control, control of electric vehicle air conditioning, and navigation functions alongside.
Visual feedback can be obtained in the dashboard display. Though it will not be fully automatic, advanced driver assistance (ADAS) functions can be provided by Lucid later. The standard configuration of the Air will have 32 sensors installed on the car that includes cameras, radar, ultrasonic, and lidar for a secondary and tertiary level auxiliary function with cruise control and lane-keeping.
The exterior will be Stellar White (white), Infinite Black (black), or Dream version and there will also be an exclusive Eureka Gold (gold) variant, in addition, the car will also have a unique Santa Monica theme decoration.
Lucid also plans to launch other cheaper models like the 2021 Air Grand Touring whose price excluding discounts is $139,000. This electric car will have a driving range of up to 517 miles and a power of 800 horsepower, which can complete 100 kilometers of acceleration in 3.0 seconds, with a top speed of 168mph.
The Air Touring, which starts at $95,000 has a cruising range of 406 miles, a power of 620 horsepower, an acceleration time of 3.2 seconds per 100 kilometers, and a top speed of 155mph.
Lucid has also promised a less than $80,000 Air model which may be launched later in 2022. There will be support for fast DC charging, but other specifications have not been disclosed yet.