Lucid Air: Everything we know in September 2022

  • Rivals Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS
  • Delivers an EPA-est. range of up to 520 miles
  • On sale in mid-range variants; base and top-end variants to be released in a few months
  • Offered in multiple configurations priced as low as USD 87,400 and as high as USD 249,000

Update: ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.

The Lucid Air is the first electric vehicle from California-based Lucid Motors. Former Tesla Model S chief engineer Peter Rawlinson is spearheading the brand, with the goal of cementing Lucid Motors’ identity as a major EV manufacturer. The Lucid Air is the brand’s first product, a 5-door luxury sedan that competes with the Mercedes EQS, Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT, and the Porsche Taycan.

Lucid Air Design

The Lucid Air EV is based on the Lucid Space Concept, a design that takes advantage of the brand’s in-house developed Lucid Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP), which will serve as the foundation for all Lucid EVs beginning with the Air. The Air has a sleek design and is among the most aerodynamic cars on the market, with a drag (Cd) coefficient of 0.21. The Air is claimed by Lucid to be the most aerodynamic car in the world, but both the Mercedes EQS and the Lightyear One have 0.20 Cd.

It has a full-width chrome strip with the Lucid lettering embossed on the front. Below the chrome bar is an array of full-width LED DRLs next to the multibeam LED headlights. The front bumper has a smooth surface, and the air intakes are located just below it to cool the battery. On the side of the bumper is a vertical LED strip with small air intakes for brake cooling. The outer edge of the hood is rounded, as is the air intake.

21-inch Aero Blade wheels

The side profile is tidy with flush door handles and machine-cut wheels. The lower variants get a simple 19-inch rim. The 20-inch ‘Aero Lite’ wheels will only be available in the second quarter of 2022. 21-inch ‘aero blade’ wheels are standard on Dream Edition and Grand Touring variants. In the Touring grade, 21-inch alloy wheels costs an additional USD 2,000.

However, Lucid Motors recommends using low-profile tires only on smooth surfaces. Large rims and sleek sidewalls improve handling on smooth roads and they undeniably look fashionable, but they can damage the chassis if driven on rough roads, where larger sidewalls are more suitable as they help with bump absorption thanks to a high rubber content.

The rear of the Lucid Air has a sophisticated coupe-like roofline that seamlessly flows into a roof-integrated rear spoiler. Full-width taillights with embossed Lucid lettering in the center provide great design continuity at the rear. In the full-featured introductory model, the Dream Edition, the C-pillars are finished in platinum with a titanium flag. Overall, the Air looks refreshing and attractive.

Interior & Features

The interior looks as luxurious as any other luxury EV. Visually, there appears to be no compromise on the quality of materials used. The entry-level Pure variant features black and graphite Mojave Purluxe fabric upholstery with ‘obsidian decoration.’ The exclusive Dream Edition gets Santa Monica’s interior theme with full-grain Nappa leather upholstery. It also features ceramics with eucalyptus trim and Alcantara inserts. The Lucid Air features class-leading 739 liters (26 cu ft) of total luggage space. The frunk accounts for 280 liters (9.8 cu ft) of the total volume.

34-inch 5k curved screen

Lucid Air’s cabin is a treat to the eyes and is loaded with technology. The driver’s seat is the most interesting. The main factor is the combination of the digital instrument cluster and the central infotainment screen. This is a curved floating 34-inch screen with crisp 5k resolution—even the smallest of the details appear clear and vibrant. The right side of the cockpit is touch-sensitive and contains key features such as navigation, audio, and calling systems. It also supports Alexa voice commands, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and music services like Spotify and iHeart Radio.

The steering wheel is flat bottomed and has two spokes. It also features capacitive touch buttons. Another touchscreen houses the lighting, wiper, and security controls on the left side of the main driver’s cockpit. Below the center console, there is another large screen that Lucid has dubbed the ‘Pilot Panel.’ In addition to audio, navigation, and phone controls, it also controls more detailed vehicle parameters. Customers will appreciate the physical buttons for the climate control system located just above this screen.

Sound tuned by Dolby Atmos

The Lucid Air Dream Edition comes standard with the ‘Surreal Sound System’. Music lovers are in for a treat. The set-up includes 21 speakers with surround sound and 3D audio. Lucid claims that Air features the world’s first Dolby Atmos to provide an outstanding multi-directional audio experience. A ‘Glass Canopy’ solid glass roof is standard on Grand Touring and Dream Edition variations. Interestingly, the windshield extends above the driver’s head, making the cabin feel airier. Customers who purchase the Touring grade can get Glass Canopy optionally by paying an additional USD 4,500.

DreamDrive Pro self-driving suite

The Lucid Air is capable of self-driving, albeit with driver’s attention. DreamDrive Pro comes standard with the Grand Touring and Dream Edition variants. In the Pure and Touring grades, it’s an optional feature costing USD 10,000 extra. The semi-autonomous sensor suite includes highway assist, traffic approach warnings, blind spot warnings and displays, lane departure warnings, autonomous emergency braking, collision warnings, and automatic parking.

Lucid-Air-rear-seat space
The long 116.54-inch wheelbase has opened acres of room at the rear of the Lucid Air. Images: Lucid Motors

Excellent connectivity

Customers can take advantage of the Lucid app. The smartphone application allows drivers to plan trips, transfer navigation information to the vehicle screen, find charging stations, and preheat the cabin during winters. Proximity sensors ensure that the vehicle greets the owner with a light signature, unlocks the door, and pops out the flush door handles. The vehicle can save the driver’s profile, and as soon as the customer enters, facial recognition identifies the driver and selects settings saved in the individual driver profiles.

Lucid Air Specifications

The Lucid Air and rival Tesla Model S aren’t very different in overall dimensions. The latter is 5 mm longer, but interestingly, the wheelbase of both EVs is the same at 116.54 inches (2,960 mm). The long wheelbase has opened up acres of room at the rear of the Air.

As fast as the Bugatti Chiron off the line

When the first vehicles rolled out (October 2021), two Dream Edition variants were offered: Dream Performance and Dream Range. The former’s electric motors produce 1,111 hp and over 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm). The powertrain is slightly detuned to 933 hp on the Dream Range, but the torque remains above 737 lb-ft. Both have a top speed of 168 mph, but the Performance hustles to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds—a family saloon that’s as fast as the Bugatti Chiron in terms of off-the-line acceleration. The line-up has grown now to include more performance-focused variants.

Video Source: YouTube/Lucid Motors

Launch Edition cars aside, the Air Pure’s electric motors produce 480 hp, the Air Touring is tuned at 620 hp, and the Air GT produces 800 hp. All feature dual-motor AWD set-up. On April 12, 2022, Lucid Motors announced the Air in a new Grand Touring Performance trim with a 1,050 hp dual-motor powertrain and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 2.6 seconds. The Air Grand Touring Performance delivers an EPA-est. range of up to 516 miles.

The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance debuted at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed and became the fastest production car in the Hillclimb Timed Shootout at the event. Ben Collins, Top Gear’s original ‘The Stig,’ was behind the wheel, and he completed the hill climb in just 50.79 seconds, making the Air Grand Touring Performance the fastest production car at the event.

On August 19, 2022, a Lucid Air Sapphire debuted during Monterey Car Week. The limited-production model offers the highest performance, generating over 1,200 horsepower. It sports three motors, with the additional, third motor mounted at the rear. Plus, it benefits from an upgraded battery system, a more precise thermal logic, an aero package, carbon-ceramic brakes, a track-tuned suspension, and new sport seats.

Lucid Motors hasn’t released the exact horsepower figure and the torque output, but claims that the Lucid Air Sapphire accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds. A 0-100 mph dash takes under four seconds, while a quarter-mile run takes less than nine seconds. The Lucid Air Sapphire can achieve a top speed of over 200 mph. We will update the specifications table when the company releases the final specs.

Lucid Air aspectValue
Length (in. / mm)195.8 / 4975.3
Width w/o mirrors (in. / mm)76.3 / 1939
Height (in. / mm)55.51 / 1410
Wheelbase (in. / mm)116.5 / 2960
MotorDual motor, AWD
HorsepowerPure 480 hp, Touring 620 hp, GT 800 hp,
Dream Edition Range 933 hp
Dream Edition Performance 1,111 hp
Grand Touring 819 hp
Grand Touring Performance 1,050 hp
0-60 mph2.5 seconds (Dream Edition Performance)
Top speed168 mph
Battery118 kWh (Dream Edition)
112 kWh (rest of the range)
Range (EPA certified)520 miles (Dream Edition Range)
ChargingDC: Upto 300 kW (300 miles in 20 minutes)
AC: 19.2 kW
Aerodynamic Cd0.21
The specifications have been taken from Lucid Air’s official website which only caters to the American audience as of April 2022.

The Dream Edition Range is EPA certified for 520 miles (837 km) on a single charge while driving on 19-inch wheels. The Dream Edition Performance has a range of 471 miles, while the GT has a range of 516 miles on 19-inch wheels. The 21-inch wheels reduce the range of Dream Edition vehicles by approximately 20 km, while the GT 21-inch wheels reduce the capacity by 47 km. The Dream Edition cars get a 118 kWh battery and the GT has a 112 kWh battery.

Fastest charging electric vehicle in the world

Lucid claims that the Air is the fastest charging EV globally. The EV supports 300 kW peak charging speeds. This adds 300 miles in just 20 minutes. InsideEVs tried to make sense of the claims with an experiment; the Air added 208 miles in 12 minutes of DC fast charging and 312 miles in 22 minutes. The impressive charging speeds are enabled by a 900-volt battery architecture, which more than doubles the charging speeds compared to 400-volt batteries. For home charging, Lucid offers a 19.2 kW AC wallbox.

Lucid’s ‘Wunderbox’ charger works at almost all public charging stations in the United States. It has been engineered to adjust incoming voltage and adapts charging speeds for the quickest possible recharge. The brand has collaborated with Electrify America which owns a network of 700 charging stations with more than 3100 chargers across America. Customers who book the Lucid Air by June 2022 get complimentary access to 350 kW charging for three years.

Lucid Air also conducted a real-world range test with the automotive publication Motor Trend. Two Dream Edition Range EVs were driven from Los Angles to San Francisco and then rerouted to Lucid Air’s headquarters in the Bay area. The cars traveled 445 miles. Upon reaching the destination, 30 miles range was left on one of the cars and 72 miles on the other. Different driving styles may have caused different energy depletion from the battery. According to the brand, the Lucid Air GT has an industry-best efficiency of 4.5 miles per kWh.

America’s greenest car

According to Bloomberg, the Lucid Air is the greenest car available in the U.S., having scored 71.1 out of the maximum 100 in its ‘Green rating.’ Bloomberg awards ratings to EVs based on a weighted score of their range and battery size, with the former accounting for 70% of the score. It divides their range by curb weight and adds the size of the battery pack to come up with the weighted Green ratings ranging from 0 to 100. The Lucid Air tops Bloomberg’s list of 34 electric cars ranked as per their Green rating.

Lucid AirOfficial EPA Estimated Range
Dream Edition Range (933 hp)
19-inch wheels520 miles
21-inch wheels481 miles
Dream Edition Performance (1,111 hp)
19-inch wheels471 miles
21-inch wheels451 miles
Grand Touring (800 hp)
19-inch wheels516 miles
21-inch wheels469 miles
Grand Touring Performance (1,050 hp)
21-inch wheels446 miles
Range varies depending on tire size. Lower-profile tires have more rolling resistance than tires with smaller rims.

Production & Sales

Lucid Motors has accepted over 37,000 reservations as of August 3, 2022. Shortly after Lucid Air earned the EPA certification, production cars began rolling out of the brand’s manufacturing unit in Casa Grande, Arizona. The first cars, which were Dream Edition models, rolled off the line on September 28, 2021. Only 520 Dream Edition cars were planned for production. Customers began receiving their vehicles towards the end of October 2021.

Only Dream Edition cars were being produced at the time of launch. CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson confirmed during the Q4 2021 results earning call that production of the GT variant has already started. Manufacturing of the Touring and Pure variants will start by the end of 2022. The Lucid Air Sapphire will enter production in the first half of 2023, and reservations will open on August 23, 2022, at 9 AM PT.

Lucid Air Sapphire side profile
The Lucid Air Sapphire will enter production in the first half of 2023. Image Source: Lucid Motor

New production targets for 2022

In 2021, Lucid Motors was targeting an annual production volume of 20,000 vehicles for 2022. On February 28, 2022, announcing its Q4 2021 and CY 2021 results, the company drastically reduced the estimate to 12,000-14,000 vehicles. Rawlinson justified the revised target citing ‘extraordinary supply chain and logistics challenges.’

On August 3, 2022, announcing its Q2 2022 results, Lucid Motors once again slashed the annual production target for 2022, this time by half, to 6,000-7,000 vehicles. That came as a shock to investors, and the company’s share price fell as much as 13% in late trading hours that day (via Bloomberg). During the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call the same day, Rawlinson said that delivery commencement of the Air Grand Touring Performance, Air Touring, and Air Pure is on track.

Saudi Arabia to buy 100,000 Lucid models over 10 years

Lucid Motors announced on April 26, 2022, that the Saudi Arabian government has committed to purchase 50,000 Lucid models with an option of extending the order book to 100,000 over ten years. The deal is a part of Saudi Vision 2030 and Saudi Green Initiative, which emphasize the incorporation of green vehicles into the government’s fleet. Lucid Motors will initially deliver 1,000 to 2,000 cars annually, scaling up to 4,000-7,000 units starting in 2025.

The models would initially be manufactured at the brand’s Casa Grande facility in Arizona and eventually shift to Lucid Motors’ upcoming plant in Saudi Arabia. Lucid Motors has committed USD 1 billion for the Saudi Arabian plant, and construction will begin in H2 2022, with 2025 as the expected year of completion. The Saudi Arabian government’s order book includes the Air and future models like the Lucid Gravity SUV.

Flexible financing for the Air Grand Touring

Lucid Motors has made owning an Air faster and easier. Lucid Financial Services announced on June 7, 2022, that the Lucid Air could be purchased through a lease or loan, thanks to an all-new digital platform. The all-online process can be used to buy the Lucid Air Grand Touring for now, and later in the year, the Touring and Pure variants will be available under this scheme.

Lucid Motors has entered a strategic partnership with the Bank of America. Customers can choose 24-, 36-, or 48-month lease tenures and loans with multiple long-term options. The flexible financing option should attract more customers to the brand.

The service is only available in 34 of the 50 American states—Michigan, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, Arkansas, Maine, Virginia, Nevada, Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, North Carolina, West Virginia, California, Vermont, Missouri, Alaska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Arizona, Maryland, New York, Washington, and Tennessee.

Price

Lucid Air VariantsOld Price (USD)New price (USD)Hike (USD)
Pure77,40087,40010,000
Touring95,000107,40012,400
Grand Touring139,000154,00015,000
Dream Edition169,000NANA
Grand Touring Performance179,000179,0000
SapphireNAUSD 249,000NA
Lucid Air price in the U.S.
Lucid Air VariantsReservationsDeliveries
PureOpenQ4 2022
TouringOpenQ4 2022
Grand TouringOpenStarted
Dream EditionReservations ClosedStarted
Grand Touring PerformanceOpenQ4 2022
SapphireOpenH1 2023
Lucid Air availability in the U.S.

TopElectricSUV says

The Lucid Air is a beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered car that finally gives the Tesla Model S some serious competition. It’s just as extreme on the performance front as the model that has ruled the segment for a decade but is better on many other aspects, especially build quality. However, while Lucid Motors has got the product right, it needs to sort out production issues and significantly scale up production to be considered confidently among prospective customers. Mercedes-Benz has also entered this segment (with its EQS), taking the competition up to another level, and Lucid Motors needs to bring its A-game to make its mark.

Lucid Air FAQs

What is the Lucid Air price?

The Lucid Air price in the U.S. ranges from USD 87,400 to USD 179,000, excluding federal grant and delivery and handling charges.

What are Lucid Air competitors?

The Lucid Air rivals the Mercedes EQS, Tesla Model S, and the Porsche Taycan.

What is the Lucid Air release date?

The Lucid Air is now on sale in the U.S.

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