Lucid Motors has officially started production of its Air electric sedan at its plant in Casa Grande in Arizona. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of October. So far more than 13,000 reservations have been made according to the Company.
Californian start-up had already published official range ratings for its electric sedan by the US Environmental Protection Agency. With up to 520 miles for the longest-range variant, the Lucid Air has the highest EPA rating for an electric car to date. With this range the Lucid Air was also beating the Tesla Model S.
“The proprietary EV technology that Lucid has developed will make it possible to travel more miles using less battery energy. For example, our Lucid Air Grand Touring has an official EPA rating of 516 miles of range with a 112-kWh battery pack, giving it an industry-leading efficiency of 4.6 miles per kWh. 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 of Lucid Group. “I’m delighted that production cars endowed with this level of efficiency are currently driving off our factory line.”
Lucid expects reservation holders of the ‘Dream Edition’ models to receive their vehicles from the end of October. Deliveries of the Grand Touring, Touring and Air Pure models “are expected to follow,” according to an accompanying statement. Lucid says it has now received more than 13,000 reservations for the Lucid Air.
The Californian company want to increase the Dream Edition to 520 vehicles.
In addition, the start-up confirms its intention to expand its newly completed factory in Casa Grande. Lucid had completed the first construction phase of the factory with capacities to produce up to 30,000 units of the Air electric sedan in December 2020. However, it was planned from the beginning to expand the plant gradually.
When completed, the factory’s production capacity is expected to be up to 400,000 units per year.
From next year, the electric car start-up also plans to deliver its cars in Germany. This was confirmed by the head of the German business unit Roberto Russo to electrive in July. Also in 2022, deliveries are to start in other European countries.