Lucid Motors is majority owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Lucid Motors is majority owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Lucid Motors, makers of luxury electric vehicles, announces an independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.

This new benchmark range was secured with FEV North America, Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan, applying the EPA's Multicycle Test Procedure (SAE J1634 Oct 2012 Standard) with the standard adjustment factor.

Lucid Motors reports it achieved this result through in-house development of the drivetrain, in which Lucid “miniaturized and integrated” the Air's motors, transmission, and inverter and paired them with a 900+ volt architecture to achieve compactness and efficiency. Lucid also conducted thousands of miles of real-world range testing.

Lucid drew on its technology division, Atieva, which supplies battery packs for the Formula E racing series. The resulting battery system “provides unparalleled safety, performance, and energy density in a form sculpted around the occupant cabin.”

FEV is an independent engineering service provider of vehicle and powertrain development for hardware and software, with service offerings that include range certification. According to Lucid, FEV's verification process closely follows the official EPA standard testing procedure and has been executed for several vehicle manufacturers.

“I am … pleased that we have … achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of range today whilst also significantly reducing our battery pack's capacity, thereby reducing vehicle weight and cost, and improving interior space. Such exceptional efficiency, achieved through in-house technology, is undeniably a measure of a true EV tech company," said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Motors, in a press statement.

The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online reveal on September 9, at which time production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.

Lucid Motors Inc., formerly known as Atieva, was founded in 2007 and is based on Newark, Calif. The company specializes in producing electric cars. In return for a $1.3 billion investment it closed in April 2019, Lucid Motors is majority owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet