Lucid Air all-electric, 620-hp luxury sedan is cheaper (quicker, more powerful) than Model S

Say hi to the world’s most powerful and efficient luxury electric sedan

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Newark, California-based Lucid Motors not only unveiled their new Air luxury electric sedan first teased back in 2016, but full pricing to go with it for all four trims available – something we don’t always get with these niche automakers. 

Air models, release date, and full 2021 pricing

North Americans will get first dibs at the the new EV 4-door, followed by global distribution. As for availability, it appears the luxury EV maker is rolling out their top trims first, ending it off with the base Air model. A good move to get both electric-vehicle shoppers and tire-kickers alike better acquainted with the relatively unknown yet somewhat early player in this growing all-electric luxury market when it first opened its doors in 2007.

The first model to go on sale will be the range-topping Air Dream Edition, available spring 2021 with a $169,000 price tag, followed by the Air Grand Touring arriving mid-2021 at $139,000. The last two trims include the Air Touring model priced at $95,000 and the base Air starting at below $80,000, available late-2021 and 2022, respectively.

US Federal Tax Credit shaves off $7,500

Bonus for US shoppers, the federal government will kick in with a substantial $7,500 rebate just for going green; plus any additional credits as per State, if applicable.

2021 lucid air all electric luxury sedan seats interior
Inside the 2021 Lucid Air all-electric sedan. Photo: Lucid Motors

This brings the Air’s pricing down a fair bit, actually starting at $72,500 (not $80k) after the rebate is applied.

Here’s a quick release date and price chart:

Release DateUS MSRPPrice with $7,500 credit
Air (base)Spring 2021under $80,000$72,500
Air TouringMid 2021$95,000$87,500
Air Grand TouringLate 2021$139,000$131,500
Air Dream Edition2022$169,000$161,500

Competitors: how does the Lucid Air car stack up?

Expect the entry-level 2021 Air — the current champ for world’s most powerful and efficient luxury electric sedan — to start below $80,000, over $5,000 less than Tesla’s entry-level Model S Long Range ringing in at $85,000, and significantly less than Porsche’s new Taycan 4S starting at $150,900 ($185,000 for the Turbo S, in case you’re wondering). 

Lexus with their hybrid ES 300h starts at around $41,810; not an all-electric car but a luxury sedan nonetheless. Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2, is well-priced at $61,200. 

Sure, comparing pricing amongst competitors is clearly subjective, especially in this increasingly growing sustainable 4-door segment, Lucid has positioned themselves as a California-inspired car maker focused on the human experience, as they put it. 

But backed by an estimated EPA range of over 500 miles and 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, all packaged into a stylish sedan with a very distinct interior all at a reasonable $80k price point, the Air may just put the competitors like Tesla on notice. 

2021 Lucid Air exterior and interior pictures:

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