first conceptualized in 2017 and then teased as the new front runner for the fastest-charging and longest-range production electric vehicle in august 2020, the lucid air officially hits all its list-topping promises. the car is the world’s most powerful and efficient electric sedan to date – all crafted in a luxury design. it really does set new standards for sustainable transportation.
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‘lucid motors is driven to make the electric car better, and by doing so, help move the entire industry forward towards accelerated adoption of sustainable mobility. the goal of this relentless approach to developing the world’s most advanced electric vehicle is to benefit all mankind with sustainable, zero emission transportation, and to also attract new customers to the world of EVs,‘ comments peter rawlinson, CEO and CTO, lucid motors. ‘with the lucid air, we have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels.‘
lucid air introduces in-house-developed electric motors that might be smaller than market standard but are more powerful and efficient. 1,080 hp is delivered from its dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture to push the car to a quarter-mile in 9.9s. compact 113kWh battery packs offer a leading range capacity of 517 miles on a single charge. on top of this, the design charges at rates of up to 20 miles per minute, meaning a 300 mile range can be accumulated in just 20 minutes.
the sedan’s sleek, sculptured exterior design looks so smooth for a reason – its aerodynamics excels to aid range capacity. overall, the car achieves a coefficient of drag of 0.21. on the front, the thin beam of headlights use a new micro lens array system which comprises thousands of ‘light channels’. these provide bright, precise and direct-able lighting in the dark. slim wing-mirrors and a minutely overhanging spoiler at the rear resemble the only defined lines on the body.
to match its high efficiency, the sedan is equally as advanced when it comes to safety. their advanced driver-assistance system, called lucid dreamdrive, is a comprehensive sensor suite with cutting-edge driver monitoring system. 32 sensors – covering vision, radar and ultrasonics – are paired with standard LIDAR and geo-fenced HD mapping to provide assistance in any scenario. the technologies match level 2 and 3 of autonomous development.