Enlarge /. The air looks the same on the surface as it did in 2017, but almost every body has changed.
Like it or not, range has become a major criterion for evaluating electric vehicles. Although most Americans travel less than 73 miles a day and nearly every EV owner wakes up every morning with a freshly charged battery, the psychological fear of the possibility of dropping it all and driving out of New York remains ingrained in California with as little stationary time as possible. The limited range is often used as a justification for why the EV is just a fad and will never really catch on.
Well, road riders, you will soon have to find a new excuse not to drive electric. Independent testing of the Lucid Air, which will go into production towards the end of the year, has shown the car can travel 832 km on a single charge.
When I spoke to Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson earlier this year, he told me the company would target at least 403 miles from a single charge, which would make Air competitive with the furthest EV on the market right now. When FEV North America, a Michigan-based engineering firm, ran the EPA's multi-test cycle process, the results were well above that internal goal.
"I am delighted that the Lucid Air has been independently verified by FEV to achieve an estimated EPA range of 517 miles, and that this milestone in EV development history has been achieved entirely through Lucid's in-house technology," said Rawlinson. "I believe that our 900-volt architecture, our race-proven battery packs, miniaturized motors and power electronics, integrated transmission systems, aerodynamics, chassis and thermal systems, software and overall system efficiency have now reached a stage where they are jointly setting new standards." Standard and delivers a wide variety of & # 39; world firsts & # 39 ;. "
The Air's official launch, which starts at $ 60,000, is slated for a live stream on September 9th.