Lucid Air vs Tesla Model S: The Air Is Cheaper, Has Longer Range And More Power

Mar 30, 2017 05:10 AM EDT | Mer Estrada

There is no doubt that the Tesla Model S is an outstanding electronic vehicle. It has dominated the EV scene for quite some time, but it may have to hand over the spotlight to a newcomer in the industry: the Lucid Air.

Lucid recently announced its pricing for the Air, silencing rumors that it will only be available to the elite. At a surprising $60,500, the EV is about $15,000 cheaper than the Tesla Model S, which starts at $75,000. At that price value, one would expect that it will have lower specs than competitors, but that is not the case here.

The Lucid Air has a 240-mile range, while the Tesla Model S can run 219 miles. Ars Technica further reports that Lucid will release a 130kWh battery pack that will allow it the Air to run for 400 miles. When it comes to performance, the Model S is about 320 horsepower while the Air has 400 horsepower. At either point, the Lucid EV wins.

If that is not enough, a Lucid Air upgrade can fit a 400-horsepower motor at the front and 600 horsepower at the back, which delivers 1,000 horsepower on the go. But it is expected to be much more expensive (beyond $100,000) than the base model.

The design can also compete with the Tesla Model S. Although not as ergonomic, the Air sports futuristic details. It has a windshield-sunroof hybrid, as described by The Verge, that can be adjusted to suit the passengers' preference in the amount of light that enters.

The leather seats and gadgets inside also add to the luxury feel. It is no wonder that car enthusiasts thought that it will be costlier than a Tesla, but it is indeed a pleasant surprise that it is much cheaper than expected.

The only area where the Lucid is at a disadvantage is the availability. The Air will be reportedly launched in 2019. By that time, Tesla might have developed and produced another EV that will compete with it in the market.

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