Lucid unveils Air’s 900-volt charging system, 3 years of free charging and more – Roadshow

Lucid homeowners will have the ability to cost at over 19 kilowatts on AC or as much as 350 kilowatts DC.


When driving an electrical automotive commonly, the automobile’s means to rapidly get better mileage when hooked as much as a charger is nearly extra necessary than the vehicle’s maximum range. Would most of the people be as enthusiastic about Tesla, for instance, if its Supercharger community did not exist to make quick charging simple? 

Realizing that, EV startup Lucid Motors introduced on Wednesday that not solely would patrons of its first automotive, the Air sedan, get the advantage of its crazy-bananas 500-mile range, however that they are going to obtain three years of 350-kilowatt DC quick charging at no cost from Electrify America, the VW-backed countrywide charging community. 

However wait — there’s extra. Lucid additionally introduced the Air’s means to deal with 900-volt charging. That may enable the Air, in idea, to recoup 20 miles of vary per minute of charging at its max charge. For comparability, Porsche’s Taycan made waves when it announced it was bringing 800-volt charging to market, and this handily eclipses that.

“We designed each facet of the Lucid Air and its platform in-house to be hyper-efficient, from the powertrain to the aerodynamics, and we have set a number of new benchmarks via these efforts together with the longest vary EV with an estimated EPA vary of 517 miles,” mentioned Eric Bach, Lucid’s vp of {hardware} engineering, in a press release. “With our ultra-high voltage 900V+ electrical structure and the proprietary Wunderbox, we’ve got considerably elevated the pace of vitality moving into, round, and even out of the automobile, delivering the world’s quickest charging EV full of future-ready charging options.”

However what if you do not have entry to a candy, candy DC quick charger and also you’re left to plug into an AC-based charger? Lucid considered that too. The Air has an on-board 19.2-kW AC charger that may cost at a charge of 80 miles of vary per hour if equipped with an satisfactory supply of energy. Lucid additionally plans to allow vehicle-to-grid and even vehicle-to-vehicle charging performance later down the highway, in addition to a house vitality storage system (a la Tesla’s Powerwall) utilizing out-of-spec automobile batteries.

Like most EVs on sale right this moment, the Air will use the almost ubiquitous CCS charging normal, so you will not have to fret about discovering a proprietary charging station or twiddling with adapters, once more taking a few of the problem out of proudly owning and driving an electrical automotive.

The Lucid Air is about to obtain its full production debut on-line on Sept. 9, with automobile manufacturing slated to start early subsequent 12 months in Lucid’s Arizona manufacturing facility.

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Kyle Hyatt