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News The Final Test Before Production: The Lucid Air Winter Tackles Winter Driving

The Final Test Before Production: The Lucid Air Winter Tackles Winter Driving

Production of the Lucid Air EV sedan will begin soon now that winter testing is completed

  • The Lucid Air is a fully electric luxury sedan.

  • The winter testing was completed in northern Minnesota.

  • Reservations for the Air opened last December.

A few weeks ago, Lucid Motors shared a video with all depicting a 400+ mile road trip completed in a prototype of its upcoming Air electric luxury sedan. While impressive, to say the least, weather in many parts of the North American continent is not akin to that of California. This is why Lucid took two of their prototypes, Beta 4 and Beta 5, to northern Minnesota for testing in temperatures that dropped as low as -27 F/-33 C.

The video shows the Air prototypes being pushed and tested in some difficult wintery driving conditions. According to Lucid, they “were testing, calibrating and validating a range of systems including ABS, traction control, stability control, and motor control. The cold and low friction environment allows us to push the car and its systems to the limit, so we can tune the vehicle to perform excellently in all conditions that a customer may encounter.” In the handout and video, there’s no mention of range however we understand that these tests were not meant to evaluate the EV‘s range.

Lucid Air Sedan Prototypes Drives 400+ Highway Miles On A Single Charge

The cars go through a series of courses, namely a circle track, an ice field, a snowfield, and a handling track. The visuals are lovely and according to Lucid, the results of the test mean that “you can drive confidently whether your destination is Lake Tahoe or Lake Geneva.”

We reached out to Lucid to try and extract more information on pricing, specifications, and the number of reservations they’d so far received. Unfortunately, on the last two points, they could not share anything.

Lucid Air | Photo: Lucid Motors

As far as pricing is concerned, although we know base pricing will be set around $60,000 US, they were able to confirm that the “initial launch version of the Lucid Air – called the Dream Edition – to be a fully spec’d out vehicle with an MSRP of more than $100,000.” This will be the Air that will crush the 0-60mph sprint in under 2.5 seconds, deliver 400 miles of range and go over 200mph.

Lucid Air | Photo: Lucid Motors

Lucid Air | Photo: Lucid Motors

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