Lucid Motors crashes EV party with record breaking 832 km battery

A new player has emerged in the battle against Tesla for electric vehicle (EV) supremacy, with American manufacturer Lucid Motors unveiling a new EV battery with a massive 517 mile (832 kilometre) range.

The first battery to break the 500-mile range barrier, the battery will power Lucid’s first EV, the Lucid Air sedan, when it is released later this year.

And while we are yet to see the battery in action on the road, Lucid are confident the figure is accurate.

The battery was tested by engineering firm FEV, who performed EPA testing procedures on the vehicle before coming to the 517-mile range conclusion.

Having previously hinted that the battery developed by Lucid would be capable of matching, and exceeding the output of Tesla, Lucid founder, CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson was thrilled to announce the record-breaking figure.

“I’m delighted that the Lucid Air has been independently verified by FEV to achieve an estimated EPA range of 517 miles, and that this landmark in the history of EV development has been achieved entirely through Lucid’s in-house technology,” said Rawlinson.

“I believe that our 900-volt architecture, our race proven battery packs, miniaturised motors and power electronics, integrated transmission systems, aerodynamics, chassis and thermal systems, software, and overall system efficiency has now reached a stage where it collectively sets a new standard and delivers a host of ‘world firsts’.”

The Lucid Air has been advertised as a competitor to the popular Tesla Model S, which until the Lucid Air hits the market, has the longest battery range of any EV at 402 miles (646 kilometres).

And while Tesla are closing in on developing a battery with a similar extended range, such a battery is not expected until the Cybertruck is released in 2022.

But despite earlier this year questioning whether anyone would buy a 500 mile EV at this point in time due to costs, the EV world is anticipating a response from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Rawlinson, who has a history with the Model S having previously worked as the vehicle’s chief engineer, said recent in-house developments of the battery has led to the Lucid battery becoming smaller, a critical development in the quest to reduce the cost of the battery.

“I am therefore pleased that we have consequently achieved an estimated EPA 517 miles of range today whilst also significantly reducing our battery pack’s capacity, thereby reducing vehicle weight and cost, and improving interior space.”

Reservations for the Lucid Air sedan are now available, with the global reveal for the vehicle scheduled for September 9.

Source: EV Central | 832km EV range: Lucid Air smashed Tesla record

13 August 2020

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