Lucid’s Air Dream Edition R is the first EV passenger car to exceed 500 miles on a single charge. The record-breaking official US EPA range rating was achieved on a run from Los Angeles up to San Francisco and back down to the company’s HQ in Newark, California — a 445-mile trip — but achieved with remaining charge sufficient to cover a further 72 miles.

Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group, said, “I’m delighted that our Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has been officially accredited with a range of 520 miles by the EPA, a number I believe to be a new record for any EV.

Crucially, explains Rawlinson, this landmark has been achieved using Lucid’s “standard” in-house EV technology, not by simply installing an oversize battery pack. “Our race-proven 900V battery and BMS technology, our miniaturized drive units, coupled with our Wunderbox technology endow Lucid Air with ultra-high efficiency, enabling it to travel more miles from less battery energy. The next generation EV has truly arrived!

“Improvements in efficiency will enable widespread mass adoption,” adds Rawlinson. “We develop all our technology in-house, and we have a relentless focus on efficiency. Our approach is based on the concept of ‘smart range,’ going incredible distance on a single charge, carrying the smallest possible battery packs.”