California-based electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors has announced it has sold out of its Lucid Air Dream Edition, the special edition designed to mark the launch of the Lucid Air, which is expected to begin first deliveries of its Grand Touring edition in the second quarter of 2021.
Officially unveiled back in September 2020, the Lucid Air was the first electric vehicle to be revealed with a longer driving range than the Tesla Model S Long Range. The Lucid Air Grand Touring edition boasts a range of 832-kilometres, and the second-tier Touring edition boasting a range of around 654-kilometres.
Meanwhile, the Lucid Air Dream Edition will come with either a range of 748-kilometres if the 21-inch “Aerodream” wheels are chosen, or 809-kilometres with the 19-inch wheel option.
In addition to boasting longer range than the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air will reportedly also have better aerodynamics, and offer the company’s “Dream Drive” autonomous driving technology, as well as vehicle-to-grid, two-way and super-fast charging capabilities.
“Lucid Motors is driven to make the electric car better, and by doing so, help move the entire industry forward towards accelerated adoption of sustainable mobility,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Motors, in a statement released last September.
“With the Lucid Air, we have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels.”
Rawlinson took to Twitter earlier this month in a video demonstrating a test drive of the Lucid Air. Unsurprisingly, Rawlinson was impressed with his company’s product, describing the vehicle’s “shattering performance” and explaining that “this car’s as much a sports car as a sedan.”
Though Lucid Motors was unwilling to explain exactly how many of its Lucid Air Dream Edition it had booked – as the company email was sparse on details and quick to remind people that “you can still get on the waitlist when you reserve a Grand Touring model” – it nevertheless bodes well for the Lucid Air’s pending popularity.
Set to be priced anywhere between $US80,000 and $US160,000 depending on options, the Lucid Motors website is currently not allowing reservations for Australians, though reports are that we might see the Lucid Air sometime in 2022.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about climate change, clean technology, and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transport is his feet.