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Lucid released its ultra-luxury Air sedan for the 2022 model year, but plans for the all-electric Gravity have already been released and production is slated to begin in 2023.
Lucid may be a brand-new car manufacturer, but they’ve already made a name for themselves in the budding electric vehicle (EV) market. Touting itself as “the future of sustainable mobility,” Lucid was founded in 2007 as a manufacturer and supplier of EV batteries and powertrains. They’ve now taken what they’ve learned and applied it to their own lineup of high-performance luxury vehicles.
Whether you’re in the market for a Lucid Air, or you’re waiting for the release of the much-anticipated Gravity, Jerry, a licensed car insurance broker and the first super app for car owners, is here to walk you through all the specs. 
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Does Lucid have electric cars?

Yes. In 2021, Lucid Motors released the first vehicle in its lineup, the 2022 Lucid Air, to the EV market.

2022 Lucid Air

Starting price: $78,900
Powertrain: A single 480-hp electric motor OR dual electric motors with horsepower ratings from 650 to 1111, with a maximum 1025 lb-ft of torque.
Driving range: 406 miles (Pure, Touring, and Grand Touring models), 471 miles (Dream Edition Performance), 520 miles (Dream Edition Range)
Charging time: 13 hours at 240 volts or a Level 2 charging station
When Lucid first announced plans to add EVs to its production alongside batteries for the Formula E racing series, most assumed their cars would be little more than Tesla rip-offs. Boy, were they wrong! Not only does the Lucid Air offer more range than any other EV on the market but it’s also one of just a handful of EVs compatible with 350kWh super-speedy DC charging stations. 
The base-model Air Pure features a single 480 hp electric motor driving power to the rear wheels. The rest of the lineup features dual electric motors for all-wheel-drive with horsepower ratings from 650 on the Air Touring trim, 800 on the Grand Touring, and 933 on the Dream Edition Range up to a breathtaking 1111 ponies and 1025 lb-ft of torque on the top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Performance.
Hooking up to a DC or Level 3 station can potentially regain your Air up to 300 miles of range after just 20 minutes. When it comes to home charging, you can just plug into a standard 240-volt dryer outlet or you can purchase a Lucid Connected Home Charging Station, which mimics the charging speed of a DC fast-charging station to the extent your home’s energy capacity can allow it. 
Lucid is, admittedly, a bit behind the curve when it comes to developing bi-directional capabilities for its home charging station, but even current stations are ready for upgrades that will allow you to use the station to power your house with your car in case of an outage!
Adding to its best-in-class range and charging specs, Lucid also offers three years of complimentary charging at Electrify America charging stations. Plus, Lucid vehicles will be compatible with all ChargePoint and EVgo charging stations with no need for adaptors.
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How do Lucid’s electric cars compare to competitors?

The big question on buyers’ minds when Lucid came to the market in 2021 was, and still is, how does it stack up next to competitors like Tesla, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz?
This question is more difficult to answer than you might think. Brand loyalty is a big part of the equation when it comes to beating out some of the competitors—but when it comes to performance, Lucid is more than worthy to stand up to other models in its segment. To see how the Lucid Air measures up, we’ve compared it with the top electric luxury vehicles in terms of range and charging time, performance, and affordability over time

Driving range and charging time

Driving range—the maximum distance you can travel on a full charge—is one of the most important considerations when it comes to picking an electric vehicle. A close-second is charging time.
When it comes to both range and charging time, Lucid is at the top of its class. For DC fast-charging times, not even Tesla can hold a candle to the Lucid Air, and even the Long Range Tesla S only beats Lucid’s base-model Pure by six miles when it comes to estimated range. For standard 240-volt charging, though, the Lucid is perfectly average. 
Let’s take a closer look at how Lucid’s charging numbers compare with their biggest competition.
ModelDriving rangeCharging time at 240vCharging time w DC fast charger
2022 Lucid Air406-520 miles13 hrs10-80% in 11 min
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS340-350 miles11.25 hrs10-80% in 31 minutes
2022 Tesla Model S390-412 miles14 hrs10-80% in 28 minutes
2022 Porsche Taycan199-227 miles9.5-10.5 hrs10-80% in 23 minutes
2022 Audi e-tron GT232-238 miles14 hrs10-80% in 22 minutes
2022 BMW i4245-300 miles8 hrs10-80% in 40 minutes
2022 BMW i3193 miles7 hrs10-80% in 40 minutes

Performance

Performance is a key concern for many where electric cars are concerned, but unlike many hybrids, EVs don’t seem to be suffering when it comes to power and speed. It’s still too early to tell where they’ll fall where reliability is concerned, but the Lucid Air is leading the pack when it comes to horsepower, torque, and acceleration time.
ModelMaximum horsepowerMaximum torque0 to 60 time
2022 Lucid Air480-1111hp885-1025 lb-ft2.5-3.2 seconds
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS329-516 hp406-611 lb-ft4.1-5.5 seconds
2022 Tesla Model S670-1020 hp310-1050lb-ft2.1-2.4 seconds
2022 Porsche Taycan469-750 hp263-774lb-ft2.6-5.1 seconds
2022 Audi e-tron GT522-637 hp464-612 lb-ft2.9-4.0 seconds
2022 BMW i4355-536 hp317-586 lb-ft3.3-3.7 seconds
2022 BMW i3168-181 hp184-199 lb-ft6.6-7.2 seconds

Cost of ownership

For the most part, EVs—especially luxury makes, like Lucid—are going to have higher starting prices than traditional gas-powered vehicles. As you’ve already seen, the base-model Lucid Air is priced at a less-than-frugal $78,900 to start, but as of June 1, 2022, that price will increase to $89,050 in response to continued supply chain issues and rising raw material costs. The Grand Touring Performance—the top trim since the Dream Edition is sold out—will now start at $180,650.
But there is much more to consider when calculating the cost of electric vehicle ownership than just sales price. When it comes to EVs, this is where considerations like lower fuel and maintenance costs, federal tax credits, and other electric car incentives come into play. 
Since Lucid is a brand-new marque and the Air has only been available since October of last year, calculating actual cost-of-ownership figures is impossible. But if the Lucid’s fuel and maintenance costs and resale value hold up the same way as comparable manufacturers, like Tesla, you’re looking at a car that can cost much less to drive each year than a comparable gas-powered alternative.
That said—if you’re in the market for a Lucid, you’re likely not terribly worried about upfront costs. However, if finding a cheaper electric vehicle is your goal, consider less pricey but still flashy and stylish alternatives, like the Polestar 2, starting at $49,800, the Tesla Model 3, which starts at $48,440, or the Ford Mustang Mach-E, starting at $44,995.

How to decide if going electric is right for you

The electric car market seems to have gone from empty to full in less time than it takes a Lucid Air to reach a full charge, but that doesn’t necessarily mean EVs are right for everyone. Here are a few things you should consider before plugging into the EV trend:
  • Do you actually have a place to plug in? Charging at home is likely to be your best bet when it comes to keeping your EV juiced up, but if you don’t have a garage, installing and using a 240-volt outlet or a home charging station is going to pose some problems.
  • How’s your state’s EV infrastructure? Once you’ve figured out your home-charging situation, you’ll need to figure out what you’re going to do when your battery gets low while you’re away from home. Do some research to see if you have public charging stations available in your area or on the routes you tend to travel on for work and trips.
  • How many miles are you driving each day? If there’s a major downer about driving an EV, it’s probably the potential for either running out of charge (you can’t really go grab a can of voltage, like you can a can of gas) or the time it takes to recoup charge, even at DC stations. Even 20 minutes for 300 miles can seem like a long time compared to the couple of minutes it takes to fill a gas tank. If you regularly go over your car’s max range, an EV may not be the best bet for you.
  • Do you like road trips? With ranges usually in the 200-300s, EVs are generally a great option for daily trips to work and running errands around town. But if you have an exceptional commute or you find yourself hitting the road for more than 300 miles at a time, charging up could be a challenge.
  • Will you be towing anything? If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, the answer is likely no, but if you’re considering one of the new EV trucks, or even Lucid’s planned Gravity SUV, you may find yourself pulling a load now and then. While most EVs boast some pretty astonishing towing capacities, the more weight you pull, the more quickly your battery’s charge will deplete, shortening your driving range exponentially.
Whether you’re looking for tax credits, lower ownership costs, or you just hope to benefit the environment, an EV could be a great choice for you. But if you’re not ready for an EV’s higher upfront costs or to navigate the shifting charging terrain, you may be better served by a hybrid.
Lucid is an all-electric vehicle manufacturer, so there are no luxury hybrid options for you there, but with luxury options like the Lexus ES and the Audi RS7, you have the chance to find the perfect middle ground between electric fussiness and gas-powered simplicity.

Lucid’s electric future

The Air is just a preview of Lucid’s all-electric plan. When the Air was launched in 2021, Lucid teased the upcoming Gravity luxury electric SUV, which is now set to arrive in 2024. Specs are still largely unknown, but it will likely share a good deal in common with the Air—buyers can expect massive horsepower, extra-long driving ranges, and super-luxe cabin appointments.
Lucid’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, has already outlined some pretty big plans for the manufacturer’s future as well, mostly dealing with the expansion of sales, maintenance and repair services, and manufacturing activities to support the startup as it gets off the ground.

Plan for the future with Lucid car insurance

Lucid Airs are some of the fastest-charging, longest-driving EVs on the road, but with a 10 to 80% charge-time of only 11 minutes, it’ll still take you longer to charge your new Air than it will to shop for car insurance with the Jerry app.
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