Lucid begins deliveries in Europe of record 883 km range Lucid Air | Popgen Tech
From my experience, the Lucid Air is the most luxurious electric car on the market. It is imbued with luxury and exudes it (but more on the inside than the outside). It is also the longest range EV on the market. It has a steep hill to climb to go from zero to profitable, but I think even a lot of people who would never buy a Lucid applaud it. Europeans appreciate luxury and range – and Europe is hardly behind China in its high level of EV adoption. It’s a great place for Lucid to sell cars, and now it is.
Lucid Starts European Deliveries – Starts in Germany and the Netherlands
Lucid began deliveries to customers in Europe this week, starting in Germany and the Netherlands, two of the largest EV markets in Europe. Lucid’s European headquarters are in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lucid currently has studios in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. “Lucid is currently accepting reservations from European customers for all trim levels of Lucid Air. By placing a fully refundable booking from €300 EUR, customers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK can secure their place in line for Lucid Air Pure, Touring and Grand Touring models when deliveries begin in their respective countries,” the company adds.
The Lucid Air also got its official WLTP range this week (opening the door for deliveries), and that range is a record 883 kilometers (549 miles) on a full charge. That’s a very long way you can drive without charging. My Tesla Model 3 has ~200 miles of range and I usually go 2–3 days between charges.
Lucid Air Tops Euro NCAP Safety Rating System
Apart from the WLTP rating, the Lucid Air received its Euro NCAP rating just a week ago. It has earned the highest possible 5 stars.
“Safety has been a top priority at Lucid from the beginning and achieving five stars in Euro NCAP will give owners further confidence in their Lucid Air,” commented Eric Bach, Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid Group . “This is a fantastic result that was fully expected given the extensive engineering process for Lucid Air, but it is important to note that passive safety is only part of the overall safety story. With an available 32-sensor suite in DreamDrive Pro, we also offer one of the industry’s most comprehensive active safety systems.”
Of course, Lucid deliveries begin with the luxurious Lucid Air Dream Edition trims. One option is focused on performance, one is focused on scope.
- “Dream Edition Performance features two motors that deliver a combined 828 kW (1,111 horsepower) and an all-electric driving range of 799 km on the WLTP combined cycle. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds.”
- “Dream Edition Range embodies Lucid’s demanding focus on efficiency, with an industry-leading electric driving range of up to 883 km on the WLTP combined cycle. Dream Edition Range is also powered by two motors, producing 696 kW (933 horsepower).
Apart from an enormous amount of range, the Lucid Air also has the best fast charging capabilities. Thanks to its 900V architecture, it can add 400km (250 miles) of range in ~15 minutes on a 300kW fast charger.
Lucid’s batteries come from Panasonic
As a final topic for today, we also have news on where Lucid will be getting its batteries from. It would be Panasonic. Earlier this month, Lucid and Panasonic shared that they had teamed up on a multi-year battery procurement partnership. The batteries will be supplied for use in both the Air and the upcoming Gravity SUV.
“Panasonic is a fantastic partner with both innovative technology and depth of experience,” said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid’s CEO and CTO. “This agreement will help us meet the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries as we continue to increase production of the full Lucid Air line in 2023 and expect to begin production of our Gravity SUV in 2024. “
“With the increased electrification of the automotive market, partnerships with technology-leading EV manufacturers like Lucid are critical to our mission,” said Kazuo Tadanobu, President and CEO of Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd. “This partnership will help us drive growth. of the lithium-ion battery industry and accelerate the world towards a net-zero emissions future.”
Longtime EV followers will remember that Panasonic was Tesla’s exclusive battery supplier for years. It is still a major battery supplier for Tesla, but Tesla also now buys batteries from LG Energy Solution, CATL, and others.
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