The Lucid Air electric car has been independently tested with an estimated EPA range of 517 miles on a single charge. This range appears to be for a 175 or 205 kWh from two battery packs for an extended range vehicle that costs over $100,000.
The Tesla Model S has a range of just over 400 miles. North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles have an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles. This was a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design. The Model S Long Range Plus costs $74,990. It uses a 100 kWh battery.
Lucid Motors uses lithium-ion battery cells sourced from Samsung SDI as the Air’s primary powertrain. The base Lucid Air will be equipped with a 75kWh battery with rear-wheel drive and will have 240 mi (386 km) of range. A second battery pack with a capacity of either 100kWh or 130kWh with all-wheel drive can also be equipped.
They use an in-house developed drivetrain. Lucid miniaturized and integrated the Air’s motors, transmission, and inverter, and paired this with an ultra-high, 900+ volt architecture to achieve unmatched compactness and efficiency.
Their technology division, Atieva, has supplied battery packs for the entire field of the Formula E racing series since 2018 — and will continue to supply these packs through 2022.
In 2018, Lucid Motors closed a $1 billion investment deal with Saudi Arabia to fund the Air’s production, which is expected to commence in late 2020 following the construction of its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona
Lucid aims to improve energy efficiency to 5 miles per kilowatt-hour as opposed to an average of 3 miles per kilowatt hour. The price of batteries is expected to drop to $100 per kWh within the next decade, which will enable Lucid to produce a luxury EV for less than $30,000.
SOURCES- Lucid Air, wikipedia
Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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