Lucid Air

Feather light, fast as the wind


2021: It’s Lucid vs Tesla

Christmas can’t come any faster for EV fans. The first Lucid Air Dream Edition cars roll off the production line at the end of 2021 straight into a face-off with Tesla’s new Model S Plaid. The most powerful model in a four-strong line up from the Newark, California brand, the Dream Edition packs horsepower of 805kW (1080BHP) into an aerodynamically styled, aircraft-inspired form, going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds, with a mere 0.21 coefficient of drag. All that, plus a range of between 500km to 900km depending on the model. The Dream Edition hits the roads first, with availability of the others – Pure, Touring and Grand Touring, following in 2022 and 2023. Car rivalries are the stuff of legend. With the Lucid Air’s run-off against Tesla, we’re finally seeing a showdown worthy of our woke, eco-conscious era. North America will be the first country to offer the all-new Lucid Air in its leasing options.


Aerodynamic techno dream

Although the bulk of deliveries don’t commence until 2022, the Lucid Air is certainly worth waiting for, with pin-up looks and a driving experience akin to flying. Designer Derek Jenkins’ sleek, flowing lines will command attention, with dazzling, spaceship-worthy Intelligence Micro Lens Array headlights and swooping taillights. In the top-end models, the electrochromic canopy glass roof – similar to glass in the Boeing 787 – adjusts the light streaming into the business-class-worthy cabin. Rear-seat passengers will be able to recline nearly horizontally to watch the clouds streaming by. From a tech perspective, the Air’s intuitive, easy-to-use Lucid User Experience (Lucid UX) features Amazon Alexa and a slew of integrated apps behind two monitors: a curved 34-inch 5k display and a second touchscreen to access all the goodies. There’s plenty of hardware, too: from a 21-speaker surround sound system to a mix of analogue and digital toggles on the steering wheel and around the cabin.


Airworthy road warrior

Team Lucid recognises that taking on Tesla requires more than guts – drivers will rate the Air on how it handles. Early previews indicate the Dream Edition performs superbly. Beyond the tremendous acceleration and the ability to travel 400m in under 10 seconds, the Air doesn’t slow down as it gathers speed, perhaps due to the proprietary permanent magnet electric motor that spins up to 20,000 rpm with enviable, ballerina-like grace. The DreamDrive assistance suite features 32 sensors, including radar, camera, ultrasonic devices and a long-distance LIDAR to measure distance using laser beams, providing all-weather functionality and keeping the driver informed at all times. The 88.0 kWh battery on the entry-level Pure supplies just under 400km within 16 minutes’ fast charging, while the Dream Edition’s 113.0 kWh battery adds 450km of range in 20 minutes. All this may help explain why the Dream Edition, the first off, the assembly line with a price of €175,000 in Europe, is closed to new bookings. Luckily, LeasePlan will soon have all four Lucid Air models available to customers with plenty of leasing options.

Lucid Air specifications

Lucid Air Pure
Lucid Air Grand Touring
Lucid Air Touring
Lucid Air Dream Edition
Electric Range*
Acceleration 0-100kph
Top Speed
Battery Capacity
Fastcharge Time
(54->432 km) 16min
(53->424 km) 16 min
(66->528 km) 20 min
(65->516 km) 20 min
List Price (NL)

* Range is based upon manufacturer's projected EPA estimated range when equipped with 19” wheels. Vehicle specifications are subject to change and EPA estimated ranges are not currently available. Actual range will be dependent on many factors, including battery age, driving habits, charging habits, temperatures, accessory use, and other factors as described in the owner's manual. –


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