Electric car: the three most expensive vehicles on the market

Today, Tesla Magazine invites you to discover the three jewels of the moment. From the Porsche Taycan to the Tesla Model S Plaid, and then to the Lucid Air, let’s go for this TOP 3 the key word is “put your hand in your pocket”!

Porsche Taycan

Since the Mission E concept unveiled in 2015, the Porsche Taycan has been on the market since late 2019.

  • Available in four versions 2S, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, combines up to 761 hp and 463 km range.
  • The Taycan 2S access model is available from 86,254 euros in France, or 20,000 euros less than the old entry level, the Taycan 4S, shown at 108,632 euros, not including options.
  • The Turbo is more expensive, starting at € 155,552, with the Turbo S at the top of the range with € 189,152.
  • Deliveries began in 2020, except for 2S, which was later added to the range.

Exterior and interior design

The design of the Porsche Taycan is inspired by the same Mission E concept that bears similarities to the 918 Spyder, the back evokes the 911.

With a body made of a mixture of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), the Taycan is mounted on carbon wheels: 21 ″ at the front and 22 ″ at the rear. The aluminum brakes housed on these wheels are impressive. up to a diameter of 420 mm on the Turbo S, combined with 10-piston calipers.

Capacity to accommodate up to four passengers, the cabin is noticeable by the numerous screens, five exactly. With touch controls, voice control is of course possible.

Motorization and performance

Similar to those used in the 919 hybrid, two electric motors drive the electric sedan. Particularity, the rear unit has a 2-speed transmission, against one at the front. The base system develops 625 horsepower (460 kW).

An Overboost function, however, distinguishes the Turbo and Turbo S models. The first reaches 500 kW (680 hp), the second 560 kW (761 hp), being the torque of 850 and 1,050 Nm respectively.

These characteristics allow to reach from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds in the Taycan Turbo S, and to surpass the bar of the 200 km / h and 9.8 seconds. The Turbo is a little more modest, with 3.2 seconds and 10.6 seconds.

Battery and autonomy

The lithium-ion battery is located on the ground of the vehicle and travels the entire length between the front and rear axles to ensure even weight distribution.

Announced at 93.4 kWh (408 LG cells), the capacity of the package allows the Taycan to have 381 to 463 miles of WLTP cycle time. The smallest 79.2 kWh package allows up to 407 km for the Taycan 2S and 4S.

In short: Porsche Taycan

  • Price: from € 86,254
  • Range: 381 to 463 km range (WLTP)
  • Trunk volume: 530L

Tesla Model S Poster

On the occasion of its conference called “Battery Day”, Tesla announced the launch of the most powerful Model S of all: the Plaid version. Equipped with three electric motors, it accelerates like a sports car and offers spectacular autonomy. As its price … Almost 630 km of real autonomy for € 130,000.

A high price in absolute terms, but still very competitive in terms of the level of performance of this extraordinary car.

Exterior and interior design

Coming from the computer world, the very innovative architecture of this car is similar to that of a rolling smartphone with a built-in battery on the floor and a large touch screen continuously updated. This architecture also the woman excellent family benefits with three spacious rear seats and two huge trunks.

The latest generation Tesla Model S stands out above all for its completely redesigned interior. The completely redesigned dashboard now consists of a large horizontal touchscreen with a redesigned digital counter and a steering wheel without an aviation-type top radius called Yoke.

Motorization and performance

Imagine: a Model S equipped with three electric motors that offer 1,100 horsepower spread over all four wheels. Enough to allow the machine to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.1 s, the 400 m of stopped exit is swallowed in less than 9 if the maximum speed is announced at 320 km / h. The Tesla Model S Plaid is therefore the flagship model of the brand.

In addition, fans notice the presence of widened rear fenders in the Plaid version that carries a good touch of bestiality. Under this discreet layer hides a major modification to the chassis, which includes two new reinforced aluminum axles that incorporate new engines.

Battery and autonomy

On the side of autonomy, Tesla announces that it can exceed 840 km.

With a capacity of 95 kWh, the lithium-ion battery pack still consists of Panasonic Nickel Aluminum Cobalt cells, but their integration has been optimized and the voltage increased (350 to 450 V) to offer more power and receive more when charged.

In a nutshell: Tesla Model S Plaid

  • Price: from € 130,000
  • Autonomy: from 630 to 840 km
  • Trunk volume: 793 L

Lucid air

In Europe, the select high-end electric sedan club will soon have a new member. Almost a year after its launch in the United States, the Lucid brand wants to sell its luxury Air sedan in Germany as a first step.

  • With its 400 kilometers of autonomy and its 400 horsepower, the entry model (Air) should offer about $ 60,000 without including taxes and public aid.
  • As for the high-end version, its production would be limited to 255 copies. Much more sporty, it would offer 1000 horsepower and it would be sold for $ 100 / 150,000 (Air dream Edition), always free of taxes and public aid.
  • However, its shipping price would still be lower than that of its two competitors, the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Mode S Plaid.

[EDIT] According to our latest information, the price of Lucid Air starts at $ 169,000 (€ 158,000) for the Dream edition, manufactured in a limited batch of 520 copies. Then comes the Grand Touring, at $ 139,000 (€ 130,000). Later, Lucid promises that lower-priced versions will be added to the line, eventually reaching a base price of $ 77,400 (€ 72,000) for the Pure version.

Exterior and interior design

Lucid’s space concept architecture not only includes the miniaturization of an electric propulsion train and a battery pack, but also expands the passenger cabin forward and aft! giving the air a unique look. A fluid form uninterrupted by any detail that is not necessary, therefore, Lucid Air is the most aerodynamic luxury car in the world.

In front of the driver is a large 34-inch 5K curved glass screen that seems to float above the dashboard. During my stay with the Porsche Taycan, I really enjoyed its beautiful 16.8-inch curved screen. The screen of the Air is more than double that of the Taycan and divided into three separate content sections.

The solid glass roof covers the entire cabin almost without interruption. Both front and rear occupants will appreciate the incredible view; the dividing line between the inside and the outside is blurred.

Motorization and performance

Two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, Lucid will allow customers to choose the configuration of their electric sedan.

In “entry level”, it is a 400 horsepower engine that will be offered. As for the top of the range, its performance should flirt with the best supercars. Powered by two electric motors, one per axle, the 1,000 horsepower promised by Lucid Air dazzling acceleration with a shot from 0 to 96 km / h in 2.5 seconds.

Battery and autonomy

Powered by a 113 kWh battery, the high-end version will offer about 800 kilometers of range. It will be complemented with other configurations. At the entry level, the Lucid Air should offer 400 kilometers of range, suggesting a 70 to 90 kWh pack. Once on the market, it will be Lucid Air the fastest electric vehicle in terms of recharging.

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Note: The Lucid Air is a vehicle that comes in 4 versions. The Air, Touring, Grand Touring and Dream Edition, the latter being the most exclusive.

  • This version offers a 1080 hp engine block, a range of 593 km according to the WLTP cycle, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.5 and a top speed of 270 km / h.
  • It has a compatible ultra-fast charge of 350 kW (60% power in 20 minutes of charging, up to 32 kilometers in one minute).
  • Production of Lucid Air began in late 2020 in the United States. In terms of marketing, Therefore, we should not expect to see the first copies on American roads before the beginning of 2021 and probably much further in Europe.

Summary: Lucid air

  • Price: from € 70,000
  • Range: more than 400 km range (projected)
  • Trunk volume: 280 L at the front, plus 459 L at the rear

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