Lucid Motors and Their High End, High Efficiency, High Performance, Lucid Air Lineup

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

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    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 23, 2021

    2021 Lucid Air

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    While I prep the intro for the all-new Lucid Motors Company and its soon to be world class spec offering(s) called The Lucid Air model lineup, below are some of the media pics for you to enjoy.

    But first, an overview of the next hot BEV to reach the global consumer.

    Lucid Motors has revealed its cards regarding the full Lucid Air model range, including pricing of the base Lucid Air with 406 miles of projected range and 480 hp available from just $77,400. This all-new Lucid Air model lineup includes Lucid Air Touring, Grand Touring, and Dream Edition versions. Customers can now reserve this new more attainable model of Lucid Air for $300 at Lucid Air Pre-Order Reservations.

    Customers who reserve will receive three years of complimentary charging at Electrify America’s extensive nationwide network of ultrafast charging stations.

    The Lucid Air is a car with great performance, spaciousness, and luxurious design. Packaging efficiency capitalizes on Lucid’s advanced miniaturized drivetrain to provide the interior space of a full-size luxury vehicle while maintaining the exterior footprint of a mid-size performance sedan. This enables unmatched aerodynamic efficiency and increased agility and maneuverability, all while enveloping occupants in a carefully crafted atmosphere with meticulous attention to detail.

    Luxurious appointments for the Lucid Air model include PurLuxe animal-free interior trim in the Mojave theme, the 34” Lucid Glass Cockpit curved, floating display, and the largest frunk ever fitted to an electric sedan. Furthermore, the Lucid Air model is also available with DreamDrive, a new benchmark in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). This first-of-its-kind platform is exclusive to the full Lucid Air range, combining the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with a cutting-edge driver monitoring system.

    Alongside the Lucid Air, the Lucid Air Touring model offers yet another paradigm in luxury, performance, and efficiency, available from $87,500. Interior appointments include an available Glass Canopy Roof for an extravagant sense of space, the Lucid Glass Cockpit Display, and a wide range of choices for interior materials and finishes. It also includes a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive drive configuration that takes advantage of an ultra-efficient, energy-dense drivetrain to deliver:

    Reservations for Lucid Air and Lucid Air Touring, as well as the other models in the Lucid Air range, are open now and can be placed at the Lucid Motors website or at an ever-expanding network of retail locations, including the recently opened Beverly Hills Studio and service center. Customer deliveries for the first Lucid Air models begins in spring of 2021.

    2021 Lucid Air Exterior

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    Sleek - as in a 0.21 Cd, and a unique looking sedan from just about any angle.​

    2021 Lucid Air Wheel Cover Design

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    Look at the detail of the alloys aero cover!​

    Moving to the Interior, yet another full on luxury addition to the automotive marketplace.

    2021 Lucid Air Interior

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    Yes, the roof looks just like that. Just like the Boeing 787 Dream Liner, the Lucid Air is supposedly using electrochromic technology to control the darkness of the roof glass.

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    What appears to be a lot of leg room in the std. Lucid Air rear seats.​

    Now watch to the end of the interior design video what rear seat passengers receive with the optional high end Executive seating available in the 2022 Lucid Air...

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    I can all but guarantee there is not a single member that would not love to spend some time behind the wheel of this super efficient super car. ;)

    Wayne
     
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Beautiful. What do I like the most ? It's not an SUV/CUV.
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    Indeed!

    I suspect the Lucid Air's 0.21 Cd could be a slightly exaggerated marketing number as I am not seeing the aero details to bring it down to the level of a std. bullet. The theoretical minimum Cd of a vehicle is ~ 0.15 and that is a low height tear drop in both the horizontal and vertical plan with lengthy chord length to reduce boundary layer separation plus little ground clearance. The Lucid Air with that sharp falloff at the rear glass does not look that slippery but it was tested in a full scale wind tunnel so maybe it is?


    Lucid sent a production-ready Lucid Air to North Carolina for aerodynamic testing at Windshear’s advanced rolling-road wind tunnel. It emerged with a verified coefficient of drag of 0.21, making the Lucid Air the world’s most aero-efficient luxury car.

    The aerodynamics team included technologists and analysts with four Formula One World Championships under their belt worked with the engineering and design teams throughout the Lucid Air’s development. Together, they established aero efficiency as one of the vehicle platforms core tenets.

    Jean-Charles Monnet, Lead Aerodynamicist:
    This aero efficiency can be seen on the surface of the Lucid Air’s elegant design, with functional surfaces and details that guide air efficiently through and around the car. This includes side air intakes in the front fascia that smooth airflow around the typically turbulent wheel wells; aerodynamically optimized wheel designs; and vents in the hood that channel air around the flanks of the car.

    Beneath its skin, the Lucid Air features a proprietary and patented vortex-generating air intake system behind the front bumper. It maximizes cooling performance by uniformly distributing air on heat exchange surfaces while minimizing the size of the air intake aperture, further increasing aero efficiency — and it has the added benefit of enabling the Air’s sleek frontal design.

    An uninterrupted, smooth undersurface curves progressively upward toward the rear of the Lucid Air to form an aerodynamic diffuser. Its effectiveness is enhanced by the very shape of the battery pack, which provides a forward extension of its curved form. This is another Lucid innovation — a battery pack that performs multiple functions within the car, contributing more than a source of energy.

    Track and top speed testing continues to validate the functionality of its aerodynamic design. Thus far, a Lucid Air alpha prototype has achieved a stable and GPS-confirmed top speed of 235 mph.

    The Lucid Air’s frontal area is also particularly low as a consequence of the Air’s innovative ‘Space Concept’ design layout. The resultant combination of a low Cd with a small frontal area reduces total drag improving range beyond that of its main competitor, the Tesla Model S.

    Wayne
     
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Looking back at the Beta testing program, Lucid was refreshingly open about its Powertrain, Ride and Handling, and 400-Mile Range testing program with a series of updates over the past year.


    Lucid built 80 beta prototypes at their Silicon Valley HQ, each designated for a specific purpose in preparation for the start of Lucid Air production. Beta prototypes were tested on both private tracks and public roads, and in extreme conditions from summer to winter.

    The first update in this series takes you to the track for a variety of testing programs, one of which makes efficiency the forefront in their mission to provide more than 400 miles of real-world all-electric driving range.

    This video starts at the NASA Airport and Testing Facility in Crows Landing, CA, where they used Beta 1 and Beta 5 to test and validate the powertrain while analyzing performance and efficiency with increased power and torque levels, measuring durability, and range.

    Next up was Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA, where they continued to refine damper performance with Beta 8 by observing its performance on imperfect pavement. Thanks to an advanced algorithm, there’s no need to compromise the ride comfort of a luxury sedan while still providing the sharp handling of a sports sedan. The dampers soften to absorb bumps then immediately stiffen to control rebound.

    With Beta 11, they calibrated steering geometry for maximum road feel. Lucid Air drivers will be able to custom set the steering feedback to personal taste, using drive modes to make it as sporty or luxurious as desired.

    Finally, to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, where Beta 9 traveled over 400 miles on a single charge at highway speeds. Lucid believes the standard Air will perform even better in real-world conditions off the track.

    Wayne
     
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Lucid’s Long-Term Battery Cell Partnership with LG Chem

    Lucid brought in LG Chem to supply the Air with battery cells for standard versions of the Lucid Air through 2023. With these advanced battery cells, they locked in in core volume production forecasts for the Lucid Air for the next several years.
    But first, what about their Sales and Service Strategy?

    The Lucid Air studio at their Silicon Valley headquarters in San Jose is now open by appointment.

    Lucid Air Studios in Newark, CA and Miami, FL

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    Lucid Studios pay homage to the Golden State’s relaxed elegance through modern design rendered in warm colors and natural materials. They also serve as technology hubs for an integrated digital journey centered on Lucid’s Virtual Reality Experience. Combining the physical and virtual worlds in an immersive vehicle interior model with four seats, customers can explore the Air inside and out.

    This studio in Newark, CA, is just one of nine that opened in 2020, with these locations just a part of the brands flagship studios:
    • Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA
    • Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, CA
    • Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, CA
    • Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach, FL
    Studios in Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills will also feature service centers. And we will open further studios this year in New York City, Miami, and in additional Southern California locations.

    For 2021, Lucis expects to open studios and service centers in New York, Florida, Washington D.C., Chicago, Orange County, San Diego, and Europe. Many other locations are under consideration, which will be prioritized based on the reservations we receive.

    Wayne
     
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Introducing Lucid Motors

    A new identity for a new era of luxury mobility


    Lucid embodies what ambition, drive, and a clean-sheet design can achieve. It is the freedom to draw inspiration from the possibilities of the future, not from what is dictated by a heritage from the past. Freedom from such boundaries has enabled Lucid to focus their attention on what a luxury automotive experience can be. This clarity of purpose is what defines the upcoming Luxury model lineup and brand.

    Lucid started in 2007 with a battery and an idea. They wanted to contribute to the growth of electrified vehicles while focusing on developing a battery system that could be scaled to work across many vehicle types. The batteries that they built have now logged multi-millions of miles of real-world driving. As they continued to developing complete powertrain systems, it became clear that the most direct route to increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road was to develop their own.

    In 2014 Lucid began engineering a BEV of its own design. One unbound by the conventions of internal combustion or heritage. One that takes full advantage of the advanced technologies driving dramatic shifts in the mobility experience: electrification, automated driving, connectivity and ridesharing?

    As they prepare to launch their first vehicle, the transition to a clean slate future us evident.

    As a group of passionate engineers, designers and other professionals, Lucid philosophy will be put to the test. With the guiding principles of user-focused design, advanced technology and premium craftsmanship, they will be utilizing the unique performance and packaging benefits of a BEV. The result is an experience that is effortless, intelligent, and personalized. An experience unlike any other on the road, even beyond Tesla.

    It has been an exciting road for this California-based company and there are many more milestones to come... I cannot wait to see what the future has in store. Lucid appears to be a part of that future today, not tomorrow. ;)

    Wayne
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Inside the hearts and minds. ;)

    To demonstrate how they built their car (and brand) from the ground up, they interviewed key players covering every aspect of the Air experience. Watch as VP of Design Derek Jenkins discusses the origins of the Lucid brand. Design Director of Brand Nathan Barbour speaks to the end-to-end experience and their post-luxury approach. Exterior Design Manager Jenny Ha shows how they achieved the sleek, minimal shape of Lucid Air. And Design Director of Interior design Joann Jung teams up with Design Director of CMF Sue Magnusson to talk about the intentionality that went into the Air interiors...


    Wayne
     
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Lucid’s custom-designed, immersive audio system. It provides Surreal Sound thanks in part to Dolby Atmos with 21 speakers, the next-level in-car audio experience.

    Lucid Air Audio Featuring Dolby Atmos

    To further enhance the luxury in-car experience of Lucid Air, today we introduce Surreal Sound, their forward thinking and designed immersive audio system. Along with being the world’s first car to offer Dolby Atmos integration, it features state-of-the-art DSP architecture and 21 front, rear, side, and overhead speakers precisely positioned for powerful, nuanced, sound.

    In the design, Dolby Labs utilized their Atmos technology. The crystal-clear, studio-quality sound makes for an elevated listening experience. But Surreal Sound pushes innovation in other ways too. The Lucid Immersive Studio System can handle hundreds of sounds and sources simultaneously. Just two small examples include if someone in the rear seat is not wearing the seatbelt, the seatbelt chime comes on, but it comes from that back corner. Or when you bootup the car – it doesn't just come to life in front of you. It comes to life all around you.

    This one is going to be fun.

    Wayne
     
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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Human Craftsmanship and Next-level Automation Join Forces to Build Every Lucid Air

    Lucid Air General Assembly -- Where It Comes Together


    When a new Lucid Air emerges from the paint shop, it’s next stop is general assembly. This is where we marry the body, powertrain, and all the expertly-crafted interior comes together and is then quality-tested to ensure perfection. At this stage, it’s less about the robots, and more about the hands-on human element. It’s all carefully choreographed.
    Next QA

    After each Lucid Air is complete, it undergoes an inspection that consists of 180 attributes before being approved…

    Wayne
     
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  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Lucid Air Cold Weather Testing


    To ensure Lucid Air is ready for production, Lucid continually tests its sedans in extraordinarily harsh conditions like every other OEM. For cold weather testing, not only was the location absolutely frigid, but they cold-soaked Lucid Air overnight to -40° C using climate chambers.

    The Lucid Air needs to respond the same way whether it’s a sunny spring day in California or the dead of winter in Minnesota.

    Lucid Air hit all its cold weather testing targets from quickly warming up, to starting, charging, and more. And despite cold temperatures, the quietness of the cabin was notable. Typically, interior components of a vehicle get noisier as its temperature drops. Not Lucid Air. Its NVH aspect — or Noise, Vibration, and Harshness rating — tested exceptionally well. And for luxury vehicle owners, that’s a crucial outcome.

    Lucid engineers are using the results of the cold weather testing to ensure the Lucid Air is 100% ready for customers, no matter where they live or what conditions they’ll drive in. That means optimizing every single detail of the vehicle for extreme environments.
     
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  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The All-new Lucid Air UX is just as thought out as the mechanical and electrical engineering of the vehicle itself.

    2022 Lucid Air User Experience

    The Lucid User Experience has arrived. With its unique form factor, and clean, intuitive design, it makes connecting and interacting with Lucid Air an experience that will delight. Watch above for the full reveal.

    In-car experience - The interior of the Lucid Air features two primary touch-control displays – the Glass Cockpit and the Pilot Panel. The Glass Cockpit is a 34-inch, 5K floating screen that sweeps around the driver, curving like the cockpit of a jet. It puts essential information into your sightline, with vehicle controls to the left, driving details in the center, and navigation and media to the right.

    The Pilot Panel is centrally located in the lower console display, enabling further in-depth controls. Both displays are contoured toward the driver and are positioned to be within easy reach.

    Both the Glass Cockpit and the Pilot Panel were designed in close concert with the rest of the vehicle interior to ensure a seamless transition between digital and physical, ultimately creating an interior that feels like a single coherent space.

    Effortless interaction - Working in collaboration throughout the development process, our design and engineering teams identified features and interactions that would be best served with dedicated physical touchpoints, such as climate controls and window switches. These are operated with physical controls on the dashboard, doors, and steering wheel that are crafted to look beautiful and still provide clear tactile feedback. A single toggle switch or roller in the Lucid Air could go through over 100 iterations of different shape, weighting, and detent placement as part of fine-tuning the tactile feedback.

    This unified concept also extends to the 21-speaker Surreal Sound system. By directing sound with precision throughout the interior of Lucid Air, this technology not only creates an incredible in-car audio experience, but also delivers directional auditory cues for alerts, notifications, and warnings.

    Beyond tactile and touch interactions, you can control many vehicle features simply by speaking, thanks to a partnership with Amazon to integrate Alexa Auto. We’ve also worked closely with outside tech companies to bring popular features into the Lucid Air. Apple CarPlay, for example, will be available with a wireless connection. For Android users, Android Auto will also be offered. In addition, several music services – including Spotify and iHeartRadio – will be supported. Notice that AA was not mentioned to b wireless while ACP was for some reason?

    Updates – The Lucid UX is designed to evolve over time so it can best meet your needs today and into the future. This starts with cutting-edge, lightning-quick foundation centered around the Lucid Ethernet Ring. By linking powerful processors throughout the vehicle with an innovative ethernet connection, systems communicate with each other at gigabit speeds. This innovative electrical architecture has the added benefit of providing a robust layer of redundancy throughout the system.

    Additionally, integrated mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity ensure that every Lucid Air can receive Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates, bringing a steady stream of new features and enhancements. This deep level of connectivity also helps you stay connected with your car no matter where you are. With the Lucid app, you can view charge status, check and set the climate controls, and pre-load navigation journeys from anywhere.

    Wayne
     
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Lucid Air Officially EPA-Rated at 520 Miles of Range

    The Lucid Air Dream Edition R is the longest-range BEV ever rated by the EPA; Lucid Air Dream Edition P and Lucid Air Grand Touring also achieve EPA ranges far beyond any other EV!

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    Lucid announced that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has received an official EPA rating of 520 miles of range. It is the longest-range electric vehicle ever rated by the EPA – delivering at least 100+ miles of additional range over its closest competitor.

    One of two distinct versions of the Lucid Air Dream Edition, the Dream Edition Range focuses on maximizing efficiency, achieving 520 miles of range while still delivering 933 horsepower. It sits alongside the 1,111 horsepower Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance and the 800 horsepower Grand Touring versions, which have also now received their official EPA range ratings.

    Several other versions of Lucid Air have also received their official EPA range ratings, including the Dream Edition Performance and Grand Touring versions on both 19” and 21” wheels. Taken as a whole, these Lucid Air models now occupy the top six positions for overall EPA range ratings among all EVs, as well as the highest MPGe ratings in the Large vehicle class. The official EPA ratings are available at www.fueleconomy.gov.

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    Lucid Air Dream Edition - Starts at $169,000 + TTL (933 HP)

    19" wheels: 520-miles of AER
    21" wheels: 481-miles AER

    Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance - Starts at $169.000 + TTL (1,111 HP)

    19" wheels:471-miles of AER
    21" wheels: 451-miles of AER

    Lucid Air Grand Touring - Starts at $139,000 + TTL (800 HP)

    19" wheels: 516-miles of AER
    21" wheels: 469-miles of AER

    Wayne
     
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  13. litesong

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    Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield & crew drove the Lucid Air Dream. They liked it. Acceleration was great, but more plushily “matter-of-fact” than Tesla cars. Again, cornering was sweepingly fine with no body lean, but again, more “matter-of-fact” than Tesla cornering. They considered the Lucid as more higher end than Tesla, & was quite different from Tesla cars. All that might be expected, since Lucid managed to nab some Tesla employees & wouldn’t want too many similarities drawn between the two companies’ constructions. A few comparisons were made between Lucid & Mercedes, tho that might have been off-hand reporter claptrap, more than actuality.
    One thing that stood out for me, watching the U-Tube video, the rear doors seemed very thick, even to the extent of intruding on overall rear seat shoulder width for three people. Surely, shoulder width must be wider than our back seat Elantra. Surely….. yeah, for sure.
     
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  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    In late October, Lucid delivered the first of tens of thousands and possibly millions of upcoming models to the general public. The first group of Dream Edition reservation holders were invited to take delivery of their vehicles within what the company was calling "The Dream Delivery" event which followed the company’s start of production at Lucid’s factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.

    2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition

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    All Dream Edition models are equipped with the largest, 118kWh version of Lucid’s long-range battery pack, featuring 22 modules totaling 6,600 cylindrical cells. The Dream Edition Range achieves an EPA estimated 520 miles on a single charge making it the longest range for any electric car available today. It delivers 4.4 miles/kWh, a mark surpassed only by another version of Lucid Air, the Grand Touring, which features a 112 kWh battery pack and achieves 4.6 miles/kWh. The Dream Edition Performance model offers 1,111 horsepower, achieving a 0-60 mph time of just 2.42 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 9.67 seconds (with the 21” wheels and tire package) – while still capable of an EPA-estimated 471 miles of range (with the 19” wheel and tire package).

    2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition

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    The trunk as seen at the LAAS on Nov. 17th, 2021.​

    Just over a week ago, the Lucid Air was awarded the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year (MT COTY), the first instance in which the initial product from a new automotive brand has been awarded the “Golden Calipers.”

    MT COTY judges evaluated six criteria including efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, and performance. The Lucid Air was evaluated side by side with 24 highly-regarded vehicles, coming out on top against finalists that included the Mercedes‑Benz S-Class, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Porsche Taycan, Honda Civic, and many more.

    The Lucid Air has now set a new EV benchmark in terms of range and upscale luxury features. It could be a while for another OEM to compete in the luxury space with its out of the gate award winning style, elegance, and engineering.

    Wayne
     
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