Tesla Competitor Says It’ll Have ‘The Fastest Charging Electric Vehicle Ever Offered’

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Electric car company Lucid Motors claims that its upcoming all-electric four door sedan, the Lucid Air, will be the fastest charging electric vehicle (EV) in the world.

The Air “will be the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute,” the company said in a press release.

That’s about 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes of charging, according to the company, which says the record charging time was made possible through an ultra high voltage 900Volt+ electrical architecture with a peak charging rate of over 300 kW. To put that into perspective, Tesla’s V3 Supercharger network maxes out at 250 kW, translating to around 15 miles per minute of charge.

The news — which includes Lucid Air developing a home charger that would allow use of the Air as an electricity source ; in fact, Lucid claims that owners would be able to use their vehicle as a temporary energy reserve to power their homes, including off-grid vacation properties — follows the EV maker’s announcement last week that Air will have a record battery range of 517 miles on a single charge, beating out Tesla’s groundbreaking Model S Long Range Plus, with an estimated 402 miles.

Lucid Motors, whose CEO and CTO, Peter Rawlinson, came from Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) where he led the development of the EV maker’s Model S sedan, claims its in-house charging technology will have “full interoperability with public charging infrastructure,” including existing 350 kW fast chargers that are currently being built in the U.S.

The company also said that it is working with Electrify America (EA), a subsidiary of Volkswagen and one of the country’s largest public fast-charging networks, to build a network of fast chargers.

Lucid Motors plans to unveil Air on September 9. The model is expected to be priced well over $100K.

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