Four years ago, Lucid first revealed their concept designs for the Air sedan that they planned to produce. While the new models won’t be available until the 2022 season, interested buyers can currently reserve their vehicle at a beginning cost of $77,400 fewer tax incentives. It will be available in both a single and dual motor powertrain with the single-motor model boasting 406 miles per gallon. The DreamDrive suite, which is Lucid’s version of smart tech driver assist technology, is available at an additional cost.
The models that will be available in 2022 are the Air Touring, Air Grand Touring, and Air Dream Edition. The Dream Edition is to be released first, hitting the roads in the spring of the following year. It will feature dual motors, which produce up to 1,080 horsepower. This Lucid model will emphasize interior space, providing a maximum front trunk space of 10 cubic feet. Including that “frunk” space, the interior provides up to 26 cubic feet of room. The Lucid Dream Edition will compete with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for the best speed by making a quarter of a mile in 9.9 seconds.
The Dream is expected to provide performance and comfort comparable to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. All models of the Air will run on batteries. Lucid relies on its own technology division, called Atieva, which develops batteries that are uniquely engineered to service their vehicles. Since 2018, Atieva has been providing batteries to Lucid Formula E vehicles.
The battery for the Air vehicles is expected to provide enough energy for up to 113 kilowatt-hours. While they could have given the vehicle’s batteries with larger capacities, the company said they wanted to weigh energy against weight and efficiency in order to keep costs lower. The battery is stored in the undercarriage of the vehicle alongside a wishbone suspension in a skateboard-inspired floor design. This design helps provide options for faster battery charging and easy link-ups for greater efficiency. This allows the Air models to run 100 volts more than average battery vehicles, which translates to 300 more miles for every 20 minutes of operation.
Lucid’s goal in designing the Air series of battery-operated vehicles wasn’t just to create a new standard in luxury and performance. They were also interested in upping the game in terms of providing greater energy efficiency in electric vehicles. If the Air models live up to the hype, they will set a new standard that every other automaker will have to live up to in the coming years.