California-based electric vehicle company Lucid will offer Tesla Model S-beating range in its upcoming Air.

    The US Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the electric range ratings for the large sedan.

    The Air Dream Edition Range is able to travel 836km on a full battery charge.

    This beats the claim that the company previously made when the Air was revealed in 2020, which was 830km.

    The figure drops to 774km when you option 21-inch alloy wheels instead of 19-inch wheels.

    The Lucid Air Dream Edition, which is like a launch edition version of the vehicle, comes in two different variants, titled Performance and Range, respectively.

    The Range produces 695kW of power, while the Performance increases that to 820kW and has a claimed 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint time of 2.5 seconds.

    Range for the Performance is 758km or 725km, depending on wheel size, while the 596kW Lucid Air Grand Touring offers EPA-rated range of 830km and 754km.

    That means every Air variant beats the Tesla Model S in terms of electric range.

    In its most efficient guise, the Long Range, the Model S has a 651km range figure from the EPA and a 652km figure under the WLTP standard.

    EPA range ratings are not necessarily reflective of real-world range, as the tests are conducted on a dyno in ideal conditions.

    Lucid previously demonstrated the range of its Air by driving a prototype from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a distance of 644km, on one charge.

    Pricing of the Air range starts from US$77,400 (A$106,202) for the base model Pure and extends to US$169,000 (A$231,888) for the Dream Edition.

    US reservations of the Air Dream Edition are now closed, but other models are still able to be designed and reserved through Lucid’s website.

    It’s still uncertain if Lucid is looking to sell its cars here in Australia, but the company is taking US$1000 deposits in the USA, Canada, and parts of Europe and the Middle East.

    Production of the Air was delayed at the company’s Arizona factory, and deliveries are now expected in the second half of 2021.

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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