MotorTrend not too long ago witnessed a 2021 Lucid Air run 450 miles on a full charge of its battery pack—a determine that outperforms the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus and its 402-mile vary, per the Environmental Protection Agency. What Tesla did to push the adoption of electrical automobiles was not solely make automobiles with lengthy driving ranges but additionally enhance charging functionality and availability.
Now, Lucid has revealed a charging technique for its 2021 Air sedan. The luxurious EV is able to charging at a charge of as much as 20 miles per minute, and the corporate claims 300 miles of vary could be added to the automotive’s pack in 20 minutes—in real-world situations. Lucid can also be partnering up with Electrify America to supply Air homeowners a three-year limitless subscription to the charging community’s Level 3 350-kW (CCS commonplace) chargers. In order to attain a peak charging charge of over 300 kW, Lucid has innovated an environment friendly one bundle “Wunderbox” onboard charging unit and a 900-volt-plus electrical structure (which is larger than the Porsche Taycan’s 800-volt system).
How does it examine to the Tesla Model S and the EV automaker’s Supercharger community? Well, it appears Lucid has exceeded Tesla’s choices in each vary and peak charging charge. Tesla has solely began to replace the height Supercharging charge of the Model S to 250 kW, and Lucid is already claiming over 300 kW. How the 2 setups examine within the real-world stays to be seen, since many components have an effect on a battery pack’s charging time. We additionally have no idea how lengthy both automaker’s automobiles can maintain a cost on the peak charge.
For every day Level 2 charging, the Lucid Air will come outfitted with a 19.2-kW AC on-board charger, which might add as much as 80 miles of vary after an hour of charging. When paired with Lucid’s personal home-charging station, Air homeowners can use the battery pack of their automotive as a backup power reserve to run electrical energy of their properties.
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Expect Lucid to use this tech to its upcoming crossover SUV, too. The upcoming mannequin was not too long ago spied within the metallic throughout what seems to be a photoshoot for the automobile. Lucid’s EV SUV doubtless rides on the identical underpinnings because the Air. Hence, vary and charging functionality ought to stay much like that of its sedan stablemate. It seems Lucid’s SUV could have a square-er design relative to extra blobular alternate options similar to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. Lucid will host a reveal occasion on September 9, which can doubtless function the debut of its SUV.
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