Lucid Air: A Fresh Face With 500 Miles to a Charge, and Horsepower to Spare

Lucid Air: A Fresh Face With 500 Miles to a Charge, and Horsepower to Spare

The EQS drives wonderfully, as you’d expect of any six-figure Mercedes, from wizardly rear-wheel steering

The EQS drives wonderfully, as you’d expect of any six-figure Mercedes, from wizardly rear-wheel steering to what must be the quietest cabin of any E.V. but. But much too a great deal EQS tech is showboating gadgetry that could be utilized to any gasoline car, like its overwrought 56-inch Hyperscreen screen and ambient lighting that pours from each and every crevice, in 64 selectable colors. What is lacking is any innovation that developments electric powered driving.

1st impressions don’t assistance. The EQS’s inelegant styling adheres to that most played-out of E.V. tropes: the ovum-shaped transportation pod, blown up to Benzian proportions. Mercedes posits the EQS as an choice to its S-Course flagship yet taller grownups discover their noggins squashed in a cramped back again seat, and there’s no storage “frunk” as in numerous engine-absolutely free E.V.s. The Lucid is 11 inches shorter, yet quickly matches lanky rear-seat riders, and provides the industry’s biggest frunk.

Mercedes suggests the EQS is the world’s most aerodynamic output motor vehicle. But Lucid’s Air is nearly as slippery, and manages to search terrific. Despite its aero profile, the EQS has a range maxing out at 350 miles, per its govt rating. The Lucid’s most successful variation can go about 50 p.c farther, sufficient for about two and a 50 percent much more hours of freeway driving.

Set up towards Mercedes’s dynastic heritage and scale, Lucid is an obscure underdog. But this blank-slate corporation has superior E.V. tech wherever it counts: No electric powered has long gone farther on a demand. And no E.V. has billed speedier, incorporating up to 300 miles in 20 minutes on a 350-kilowatt charger. (The Benz’s speediest charging rate is 200 kilowatts.)

“We just received 500 miles of variety at 70 m.p.h. — how did we do that?” Mr. Rawlinson stated, referring to a actual-entire world, highway-pace range exam done by InsideEVs.com. “We did it by getting a floor-up evaluate of what was doable from an E.V.”

Among products tested at the similar 70-m.p.h. clip, the compact Tesla Design 3 was a distant 2nd at 310 miles, adopted by Tesla’s Model S at 300 miles and the Porsche Taycan at 297. InsideEVs has yet to check the Mercedes, though my mileage prompt the Benz can meet or exceed its 350-mile formal score.

A regular automaker could possibly have established a 400-mile goal, obtained it and moved on, Mr. Rawlinson mentioned.