Lucid Air Tops Out with 520-mile vary; Rivian Bests 300 with Pickup & SUV
Story by Michael Coates; pictures from the producers
The numbers inform the story—we’ve entered a brand new stage of long-range electrical automobiles. This week the Lucid Air Dream version had a mannequin formally accredited by the U.S. EPA with a 520-mile vary. That’s in a twin motor all-wheel drive sedan that guarantees 933 horsepower and shall be starting manufacturing later this yr.
Earlier within the month the Rivian R1T pickup’s Launch Version was rated by the EPA at 314 miles of vary, whereas its sister SUV, the R1S clocked in a 316 miles. Manufacturing of buyer fashions started this previous week and deliveries are anticipated imminently. The Rivian, too, packs a punch with greater than 400 horsepower from its 4 motors.
Lucid Hits a Excessive Mark
Whereas the typical vary of an EV has been shifting larger in the course of the previous few years, Lucid’s announcement has set a brand new excessive bar. Considerably, the start-up did with out merely counting on a bigger battery pack. At 113 kilowatt-hours (kWh), the Lucid Dream Version’s battery is giant (Tesla’s greatest is 100 kWh), however that’s not a very powerful characteristic. EPA additionally printed the Lucid motors’ effectivity, which was calculated to be 27 kWh/100 miles, besting Tesla’s Mannequin S. One in every of Lucid’s upcoming fashions, the Air Grand Touring, was much more environment friendly at 26 kWh/100 miles, virtually pretty much as good because the smaller Tesla Mannequin 3.
On account of totally different motor scores and totally different measurement tires, Lucid’s Air fashions have a wide range of vary estimates. Right here is the lineup as discovered on EPA’s web site:
- Lucid Air Dream Version Vary – 19-inch wheels – 933 hp – 520 miles
- Lucid Air Dream Version Vary – 21-inch wheels – 933 hp – 481 miles
- Lucid Air Dream Version Efficiency – 19-inch wheels – 1,111 hp – 471 miles
- Lucid Air Dream Version Efficiency – 21-inch wheels – 1,111 hp – 451 miles
- Lucid Air Grand Touring – 19-inch wheels – 800 hp – 516 miles
- Lucid Air Grand Touring – 21-inch wheels – 800 hp – 469 miles
The scores underscore the variables of an electrical automotive. The affect of the bigger wheel measurement, which impacts aerodynamics, rolling resistance and provides weight, is considerably greater than can be seen on a much less environment friendly inside combustion engine automobile. This also needs to function an necessary reminder that no matter measurement tire you will have, maintaining the inflation on the producer’s urged score can be essential to maximizing gasoline economic system.
On its highway to its report vary, Lucid developed a 900-volt battery system with a proprietary battery administration system and miniaturized drive items. Lucid additionally ran a real-world take a look at of pre-production automobiles with Motor Pattern journal driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco that demonstrated the five hundred+ mile vary of the automotive.
The Dream Version, which Lucid says is bought out (though it does have a waitlist as if anticipating that some reservation holders might bail) retails for $169.000. As famous, it tops out at 1,111 horsepower and 520 miles of vary, although these two options aren’t supplied collectively. First deliveries to prospects are anticipated subsequent yr.
The Grand Touring mannequin shall be up subsequent. At $139,000, it is going to high out at 516 miles or vary and 800 horsepower. The Touring mannequin will retail for $95,000, providing 406 miles of vary and 620 horsepower. Lastly, the Pure mannequin will price $77,400 with 406 mile of vary and 480 horsepower. The non-Dream Editions are listed as “Future Fashions.”
Rivian Tops 300-mile Vary
Whereas a lot of Rivian’s current information was about closing a $2.5 billion financing spherical and in addition filing for to go public with a conventional IPO (versus the SPAC merger path utilized by a number of different EV startups), it’s additionally finalized the vary of its launch automobiles.
The EPA examined the Rivian R1T pickup and authorized it at 314 miles of vary with a 48 kWh/100 mile effectivity for its 4 motors. The R1S SUV was licensed at 316 miles of vary and 49 kWh/100. Each fashions characteristic a pair of 162 kilowatt AC three-phase motors on one axle and a pair of 163 kilowatt motors on the opposite in what’s described as a part-time four-wheel drive system.
Rivian additionally introduced that the corporate has obtained approval from the federal authorities to start development of automobiles for shopper supply and celebrated the primary shopper automobile coming off of the Regular, Illinois, meeting line. That motion befell a number of months later than the corporate’s unique timeline, however will nonetheless imply the R1T would be the first all-electric pickup available on the market.
The R1T is aimed toward “journey” truck market. Its supplies and PR actions commerce of the automobile’s off-road capabilities and flexibility for tenting, as an illustration, providing an non-obligatory cooking range that shops within the Gear Tunnel. Rivian claims its battery system is designed to perform from 130°F to -25°F. The truck’s impartial air suspension can ship 14 inches of floor clearance. The corporate additionally claims it might probably ford by three ft of water and can go from 0-60 mph in about three seconds. The R1T can tow as much as 11.000 kilos, however in fact towing that form of load will drastically scale back vary.
The Rivian R1T’s Launch Version begins at $73,000. As with Lucid, the vary estimate is with 20-inch wheels. Should you bump as much as the non-obligatory 22-inch wheels, the vary drops 5-10 %.
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Extra Information on Lucid & Rivian:
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