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Lucid Air Grand Touring has the best range of any EV we’ve tested

Lucid Air Grand Touring has the best range of any EV we've tested

Michael SimariCar and driver

  • The Lucid Air Grand Touring reached a range of 410 miles in Car and driver to test.
  • That beats our previous champion, a 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, by 90 miles.
  • The result of the Lucid is a new high-water mark for our highway test, the first EV to come into the 400s.

    More than any other measure, range is the most important performance factor in an electric vehicle. That’s why we test the EV range in a realistic environment, at 120 km/h on the highway. Our testing recently revealed a new endurance champion: the Lucid Air Grand Touring, which covered 410 miles.

    The Lucid dethroned the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, which drove 320 miles, and is the first EV to exceed 400 miles in our hands.

    Yes, we recognize that the Lucid’s performance falls well short of the EPA range estimate, which is 516 miles for the Grand Touring model on its standard 19-inch wheels and efficiency-focused all-season Pirellis (which is how our test car was equipped). The larger 21-inch wheels and summer tires lower the EPA number to 469 miles. The more powerful Grand Touring Performance, which we didn’t test, has an EPA estimate of 446 miles, and the Dream Range, with slightly more battery capacity, actually has the best EPA rating in the lineup at 520 miles.

    All those EPA serial numbers beat the Model S, which in standard form is rated at 405 miles, 396 miles for the more powerful Plaid version and 348 miles for the Plaid with 21-inch wheels. (Note that our tested Model S Long Range Plus version is no longer offered.)

    Factors Affecting Range

    Typically, our highway test results in lower range numbers than the EPA window sticker (although the Porsche Taycan was a notable exception). They run at higher speeds and under realistic conditions, but we think they give a more realistic idea of ​​how far an EV can travel, especially on a long road trip.

    A large battery pack is the most important factor in achieving long range, and the Air has that, the pack ranging from 112.0 kWh in the Grand Touring model we tested to 118.0 kWh in some other trim levels. (Less-expensive Touring and Pure models that will join the lineup will have smaller battery packs.) But the Air’s impressive performance is more than just a bunch of cells. The Air also has a wind-resistant shape, minimizing the amount of energy needed to push it across the road. Compared to the Tesla Model S, the Air requires 12 to 25 percent less power to sustain highway speeds.

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