Lucid is inching towards the reality of cars in customer’s hands. It has been a series of big news for Lucid Group, achieving record EPA numbers in their range metrics and receiving high remarks in press events. This week, the news continues with production and delivery updates, and the first customer-quality cars have rolled off the assembly line today.
The Lucid Production Preview Week events are happening at their factory in Casa Grande, AZ. In attendance are future customers, media personnel, and even policymakers, including Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Lucid utilizes their Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) and Lucid Powertrain Manufacturing (LPM-1) factories for the production itself, and the first customer-quality Lucid Air luxury sedans have just come out of AMP-1.
The manufacturing facilities are part of a greater initiative to bring 15,000 jobs and an estimated $9 billion annually to Arizona by 2024. Beyond the general factory viewing, those in attendance at the event this week are able to test drive the Lucid Air. Some of the attendees will the first to drive the Air in its final production state. Lucid completed AMP-1 construction in under a year, on a 590-acre site in Casa Grande. They are also expanding it for future Air production increases, as well as the advent of Lucid’s first SUV, Gravity, which will start production in 2023.
The initial deliveries will begin in late October, solely consisting of Lucid Air Dream Edition models. Customer deliveries of the Grand Touring, Touring, and Air Pure will ramp up afterwards, potentially by end of year. However, there is no official date estimate from Lucid at this time. Total reservations to date account to more than 13,000, and they have increased the planned production of the Dream Edition to 520 vehicles, a number bearing new intentionality.
The EPA confirmed the official range estimate for the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range to be this very number, 520 miles on a single charge. This gives it more than 100 miles over the nearest current competitor, though we expect that margin will narrow as companies chase the highest possible range metrics.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring carries an EPA rating of 516 miles of range using a 112-kWh battery pack. This enables its current efficiency lead with 4.6 miles per kWh. Despite the Grand Touring not having quite the performance of the Dream Edition, it still holds a respectable 3.0 second time for 0-60.
“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. “I’m delighted that production cars endowed with this level of efficiency are currently driving off our factory line.”
The starting price is $77,400 for the Air Pure, providing 460 hp and 406 miles of range. The Air Dream Edition reservations are closed, but it fetches a premium $169,000 and gives up to 1,111 hp for Performance. The Range variant brings power down to 933 hp but provides the full 520 miles of range. The current top-of-the-line reservation possibility is the Air Grand touring, starting at $139,000 with 800 hp and 516 miles of range, all highly respectable figures.
Wheel sizes vary from 19” aero range to 21” aero blade, and will slightly affect range and performance. The cars also feature DreamDrive Pro advanced driver assist system with future-proof hardware for semi-autonomous driving. Reservations are still available for all trims below the Dream Edition. With the news of Lucid Air deliveries on the horizon, we are looking forward to getting more time in the seat and putting it through all of our tests.