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Posted on August 24, 2020 by  & 

Lucid Air, the Fastest Charging Electric Vehicle?

The Lucid Air has a charging rate as fast as 20 miles per minute, the company claims it is also the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered. In real-world terms, this means up to 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes.
 
This charging speed has been achieved with an ultra-high 900V+ electrical architecture, custom lithium-ion battery cells, a highly sophisticated battery and thermal management system, and exceptional powertrain efficiency. This efficiency is key — playing a direct and invaluable role in the Lucid Air's charging rate, determining the rate of mileage as distinct from the rate of energy flow. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicles 2020-2030: 2nd Edition.
 
Lucid's "Wunderbox" — a unique onboard charging unit — efficiently combines several functionalities in one package and makes the Lucid Air fully compatible with public charging stations, including an ever-expanding nationwide network of 350kW fast-chargers.
 
"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," said Eric Bach, Vice President of Hardware Engineering.
 
 
The Lucid Air is designed to Combined Charging System (CCS) standards — so it's compatible with any open DC fast-charging station. Whenever needed, it automatically boosts voltage to charge at the quickest possible rate at any location. Lucid Air owners who take US delivery will receive three years of complimentary charging at Electrify America's extensive nationwide network of ultrafast charging stations that currently boasts 2,000+ individual chargers — 150kW through 350kW. The Lucid Air's app and navigation system can easily locate Electrify America locations across the country and see real-time charger availability.
 
Every Lucid comes with a Lucid Mobile Charging Cord as standard for home charging and users can also purchase and install a Lucid Connected Home Charging Station, one of the first AC charging stations ever to offer bidirectional charging. Users can also use their Lucid Air as a temporary energy reserve to power their homes, including off-grid vacation properties.
 
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