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Lucid Air Dream edition R, achieves 520 miles of range.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition R achieves a record-breaking 520 miles on a single charge, and the company confirms this news was an official EPA range rating, making it the first electric car ever to breach 500 miles. Furthermore, lucid claims the vehicle's range beats competitor cars by over 100 miles, and in theory, you could go from Los Angeles to San Francisco without stopping.



"I'm delighted that our Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has been officially accredited with a range of 520 miles by the EPA, a number I believe to be a new record for any EV. Crucially, this landmark has been achieved by Lucid's world-leading, in-house EV technology, not by simply installing an oversize battery pack," said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group. "Our race-proven 900V battery and BMS technology, our miniaturized drive units, coupled with our Wunderbox technology endow Lucid Air with ultra-high efficiency, enabling it to travel more miles from less battery energy. The next-generation EV has truly arrived!"

The company say the Lucid Air was engineered with an obsessive focus on efficiency. Many development aspects were focused on maximizing range, from its miniaturized, in-house designed powertrain to its aerodynamic shape that reduces drag at high speeds. Lucid says that 520 miles of range is more than a world record. It's a paradigm shift of what's possible. "Improvements in efficiency will enable widespread mass adoption. We develop all our technology in-house, and we have a relentless focus on efficiency," Peter added. "Our approach is based on the concept of 'smart range,' going incredible distance on a single charge, carrying the smallest possible battery packs."

Lucid Air Dream Edition R cruised from Los Angeles up to San Francisco and back down to Lucid HQ in Newark — a 445-mile trip — with 72 miles to spare. And this was real-world testing, air conditioning on, pacing with the flow of traffic. The cruise control was set at a practical 67 mph. MotorTrend's Jonny Lieberman put it this way: "Remember range anxiety? As with the internal combustion engine, it's a thing of the past."

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