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Last month, we reported that Lucid Motors was asking reservation holders to confirm their orders, hinting that deliveries were just around the corner. Today, the American electric automaker announced that its first product, the 2021 Lucid Air, will reach customers in late October. This is an exciting development, as the Air arrives sporting the longest range of any available EV at 520 miles, with dual motors producing 933 horsepower.
Lucid hosted a Preview Week at its plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, where the first customer cars were driven off the assembly line after receiving EPA and FMVSS safety certification. The Grand Canyon state is home to Lucid's Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1), and the Lucid Powertrain Manufacturing (LPM-1). Lucid says the two facilities should bring $9 billion of economic output by 2024, with 15,000 jobs annually.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition models will be delivered first, with the Grand Touring, Touring, and Air Pure models coming later. Lucid has received over 13,000 orders for the Air, but will limit Dream Edition production to only 520 units. The Dream Edition is the most expensive version, starting at $169,000, but this model is already sold out. Buyers can still order the Lucid Air Grand Touring, which boasts an impressive 800 hp and 516-mile driving range for $139,000.
"The proprietary EV technology that Lucid has developed will make it possible to travel more miles using less battery energy. For example, our Lucid Air Grand Touring has an official EPA rating of 516 miles of range with a 112-kWh battery pack, giving it an industry-leading efficiency of 4.6 miles per kWh. Our technology will allow for increasingly lighter, more efficient, and less expensive EVs, and today represents a major step in our journey to expand the accessibility of more sustainable transportation," said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group.
With the Air finally reaching customer hands after numerous delays, Lucid Motors can focus on the next project. Lucid will expand its 590-acre AMP-1 factory with an additional 2.85 million square feet. This space will be used to produce the company's second vehicle, the Gravity SUV. Lucid says the Gravity will go into production starting in 2023, assuming this model doesn't face any delays.