Time to re-examine EVs in a whole new way.
Lucid Motors has proven itself to be a survivor among a flurry of all-electric vehicle automotive start-ups, specifically with last month's IPO. The California-based EV carmaker continues to open new showrooms in key cities across the country where customers can check out the Lucid Air luxury sedan in person before placing their customized orders. Those vehicles will be manufactured in the Grand Canyon state at an all-new factory. To kick things off right, the already limited edition Lucid Air Dream Edition will be offered in two unique versions.
The company has just announced the Dream Edition Performance and Dream Edition Range. The former's name says it all: a total of 1,111 horsepower on tap, while the Range is far from shabby with 933 hp on tap. Official EPA ranges haven't arrived just yet.
A recent test that included two examples of the Dream Edition Range journeyed from Los Angeles to San Francisco through the state's center and then back across the Bay to the company's global headquarters. All driving was done at highway speeds and the figures were impressive: 445 miles on a single charge. They even had an extra 30 miles and 72 miles of charge, respectively, once they returned.
Both the Dream Performance and Range editions come powered by a dual-motor, AWD setup, and over 737 lb-ft of instant torque on hand. The company claims the Dream Editions have a top speed of 168 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time of no more than 2.7 seconds. Both ride on specially developed 19- or 21-inch Pirelli P Zero tires.
As you can expect or didn't already know, luxury doesn't come cheap. These Air Dream Editions both come fully equipped at $169,000, not including the $7,500 federal tax credit. Customers who've already placed a reservation will be contacted shortly to ask which of the two versions they want. Deliveries are due to get underway by the end of the year.
Bear in mind these Dream Editions are not the only way to get a Lucid Air. The so-called "entry-level" model begins at $77,400 and that federal tax credit drops the figure to $69,900. That'll still get you a luxury EV with an EPA-rated 406 miles of range and a single-motor powertrain. To compare, the Tesla Model S Long Range now costs at least $91,190 following a recent price increase. If you still can't decide, then consider that the Model S has a slightly lower EPA range of 402 miles. Why spend more for less?