With this level of charging, will more people switch?
With up to 402 miles on a charge, the Tesla Model S currently has the longest driving range of any electric vehicle on sale in 2020. But Lucid Motors, makers of the upcoming Lucid Air, will blow Tesla out of the water with a massive 517-mile EPA-certified range. The Lucid Air continues to rack up accolades, including being the most aerodynamic production car in the world with a drag coefficient of just 0.21.
In addition to having the longest range and the most aerodynamic body, the Lucid Air will also be the quickest-charging EV. Ludic says the Air can add up to 20 miles of driving range per minute on a fast charger. In the real world, that means owners should be able to add 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes.
Lucid says the Air's rapid charging capability is made possible by a new 900V+ electrical architecture, custom lithium-ion battery cells, advanced battery and thermal management system, and powertrain efficiency. A new "Wunderbox" onboard charging unit lets the car communicate with charging infrastructure for Level 1, 2, and the most powerful 3 DC fast charging. The 19.2kW AC onboard charger can support AC charging speeds up to up to 80 miles per hour.
"We designed every aspect of the Lucid Air and its platform in-house to be hyper-efficient, from the powertrain to the aerodynamics, and we've set several new benchmarks through these efforts including the longest range EV with an estimated EPA range of 517 miles," said Eric Bach, Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Lucid Motors.
"With our ultra-high voltage 900V+ electrical architecture and the proprietary Wunderbox, we have significantly increased the speed of energy getting into, around, and even out of the vehicle, delivering the world's fastest charging EV packed with future-ready charging features."
Lucid has already partnered with Electrify America to provide three years of complimentary charging to owners. Electrify America currently boasts a vast network of over 2,000 chargers that is constantly expanding and improving. The production version of the Lucid Air will be shown on September 9, 2020, during an online reveal when Lucid will share production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information.
Customer deliveries should begin in early 2021 with the car produced at Lucid's factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. Over 1,000 horsepower is expected with a claimed 0-60 mph time of under 2.5 seconds.