The new Lucid Air electric car just announced a huge estimated range of 517 miles from a single charge. Which means we’re now clearly entering a new phase of the range wars. It’s not enough that EV performance is pushing supercars into red faced retreat, now we’re going to see range numbers which will humble even the most frugal gas guzzler. Remember we’re really only still at the start of this whole game. If they can hit these numbers now, just wait.
The Lucid team claim they’ve managed to move the goalposts because of a number of optimisations, not just the battery. They tweaked the drivetrain, aerodynamics, and thermal systems. They even miniaturised the motors and transmission to eke out more miles over their rivals. The production version of the Tesla
clone beater will be revealed on September 9th. Way to go.