Auto Start-Up Lucid’s “Air” Might be a Tesla-Killer

Lucid, an EV star-up, is calling its all-electric Air sedan more efficient, faster and more spacious than Tesla’s Model S.

The company claims it has a “breakthrough” in EVs and that it isn’t just batteries but lots of “big picture thinking” that has added up to their Tesla killer, the Air.

Lucid says that the Air is an impressive 17% more energy efficient than any Tesla model which allows great range with fewer cells.

The Air looks much like the 2016 concept Lucid released with some changes to the exterior including larger side mirrors and curved screens in the interior.

The EPA-rated range of the Air is 517 miles on a single charge according to third-party testing. If true on release this would dwarf Tesla’s industry-topping 402 miles its Model S is rated at. The Air also claims to take the Model S in speed; the Air takes a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds where as Tesla’s fastest quarter mile is 10.4 seconds.

The company claims its 900-volt architecture can charge 300 miles in 20 minutes, with its higher rate is 2 miles per minute.

Standard Air models will start $80,000 all the way up to a limited “Dream Edition” that would cost $169,000. The GT version of the Air with a 517 mile range will sell for $139,000 and a Touring version of the sedan with a 406 mile range will sell for $95,000.

The higher end models are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2021. The lower priced models will role out in the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

Cadillac Reveals New 300 mile range Lyriq Electric SUV

General Motors has revealed a new electric Cadillac SUV that will offer Tesla-like range. But consumers will have to wait a little longer.

General Motors is calling it the Lyriq and its debut came four months later than GM planned due to the pandemic; however, potential buyers will have to wait a whole 24 months for the Lyriq to be ready for the sales floor.

The Lyriq boasts a 300 mile range beating the Audi E-tron and Jaguar’s I-Pace where as the Tesla Model Y and X crossovers already are in the 300 mile range.

The Lyriq will follow a crossover utility update of the Chevy Bolt and a brand new GMC Hummer pickup planned for next year.

The Cadillac Lyriq will come in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It will include a new version of Super Cruise, a hands free, driver assistance system. Additionally it’ll have a 33 inch touch screen panel that spans the cockpit.

 

Experts Believe We Are Only 5 Years from 10 Minute Car Charges for EVs

According to experts in the industry electric vehicle charging times will plummet over the next five years and that even high capacity batteries should be able to be charged in less than ten minutes, taking no more time than a stop at your favorite gas station.

This is a two-part prediction as both ultra-fast charging and the way batteries are designed need to be handled. In the case of the batteries this will likely be improvement on the current chemistry and not something entirely new.

Currently the majority of EVs use 400V electrical systems. These are rated as high-voltage systems.

To get more power in watts than an EV can deliver—the charge it will accept—either voltage or current need increasing. Higher current requires bigger cables, heavier duty cables and thicker insulation; all of this creating a lot more heat. Rather than this, the voltage could be increased. Porsche has introduced the 800V electrical system which gets us two things we want: higher performance and lower charging times.

Last year Ionity introduced 150kW and some ultra-rapid charges running at 350kW in their public charging stations. The Porsche Taycan is the first vehicle able to take advantage of the 350kW chargers using its 800v electrical system.

Porsche claims that a Yaycan battery can get from a 5% charge to 80% charge at one of Ionity’s stations in just over 20 minutes. Even then the Taycan isn’t calling on the full power of the charging station.

Remember this is a story in two parts, the second part being how quickly the battery cells can accept a charge. So the rest of the story waiting to be told is who comes up with the new battery technology that completes this half of the equation.

New Cadillac Will Become GM’s EV Flagship

Cadillac is posed to become the flagship electric vehicle brand for GM—the company is getting ready to create a new model EV Cadi in response to other luxury brands going electric.

In an investor update GM said that the new Cadillac will be the first under the new “BEV3” platform. This “platform” will include things like the battery system as well as structure and mechanics.

GM on Friday did not disclose additional details, including precisely when the Cadillac EV will be built, whether it will be a crossover or sedan, or where it will be assembled.
In the past GM has directed their EV attention towards its Chevy brand—which has a wider appeal. The Volt (plug-in) and the Bolt (electric), the Volt being put out to pasture last year as well the poor-selling Cadi CT6.

GM had said in November of last year that their plan was to double their resources spent on EV.

AK-47 Maker, Kalashnikov, Enter Electronic Vehicle Race

Kalashnikov JSC, producer of the AK-47 attack rifle, is the most recent section into the swarmed electric-vehicle race that is drawn a scope of tech business people, creators of vacuum cleaners and the world’s greatest auto organizations.

The latest EV, introduced in child blue and named the CV-1, accompanies a retro outline that echoes the Soviet Union’s Izh-Kombi, an auto well known in the 1970s. Kalashnikov flaunted the auto, with an asserted 350 kilometer driving extent (217 miles), at an arms reasonable in Moscow this week.

The CV-1 will enable Kalashnikov to enter the positions of electric-auto makers like Tesla and turn into a contender, the producer told news office RIA Novosti. Kalashnikov has been endeavoring to extend its image, adding shops to offer its garments line and other regular citizen adornments.

The CV-1’s battery, which measures 50 kilograms and has a limit of 90 kW/h, is controlled by an inverter created by Kalashnikov, the organization said in a discharge. The auto can quicken from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in six seconds.

With EVs picking up fame, new organizations are competing to enter the division nearby settled producers, for example, Volkswagen Group, Daimler and BMW. Many create a model however battle to defeat financing imperatives and dealing with an exceptionally complex inventory network and generation procedure to beneficially make autos.

Among the further developed new hopefuls is China’s NIO, petitioning for a potential $1.8 billion posting on the New York stock trade. Others incorporate Apple and Sony, which has indicated at getting into “moving articles” and Dyson, the vacuum cleaner creator, which shocked everybody almost a year back when it disclosed plans to fabricate an EV by 2020, putting one billion pounds ($1.3 billion) behind the exertion.

Kalashnikov did not give insights about creation or deals gets ready for the CV-1.

White House announces DOT is establishing electric vehicle charging corridors

On Thursday, November 3, it was announced that 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on our highways. This will cover 25,000 miles in 35 states. Twenty-eight states are committing to accelerate the deployment of these corridors.

Twenty-four state and local governments are committing to partner with the Administration and procurement of electric vehicles for their fleets. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting two studies to evaluate optimal national electric charging scenarios.

Read the full press release.

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Joe Victor