Lucid Air real-world range driving challenge from San Francisco to LA

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Take a look at how the upcoming fully-electric luxury sedan from Lucid performed during a range test on highways between SF and LA, which is more than an 800-mile round trip.

In February, prior to the company having to temporarily shut its headquarters and production facility due to safety during the coronavirus crisis, Lucid was able to hit the road in an Air prototype vehicle where it sought to test the vehicle’s smart range ability, which claims a range of around 400-miles without the need for a typically large battery pack.

Lucid documented the journey challenge from Silicon Valley to LA, which is around 400-miles each way.

“Our journey began at Lucid’s Silicon Valley headquarters as we headed south along coastal Highway 1. After passing through the iconic scenery of Big Sur, we stopped in San Luis Obispo, but only so our chase truck could refuel. By evening, our Lucid Air had taken us all the way to Santa Monica’s famous pier — all on a single charge.

The following day, after charging overnight, we visited Hollywood and drove through Beverly Hills — the location of a Lucid Studio that we expect to open later this summer. And then it was time to head homeward on Interstate 5, climbing through the mountainous Grapevine north of Los Angeles, where we reached an elevation of 4,144 feet at the Tejon Pass.

Descending to California’s Central Valley, we continued for hundreds of miles through plains of expansive farmland, allowing the Air to stretch its legs and cruise at Interstate 5’s 70-mph speed limit. As we approached the Bay Area, CEO Peter Rawlinson joined us in a second Air beta prototype for a Lucid caravan across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the city at sunset. Again, all on a single charge.”

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