On a lucid air, thats right, i have been given the honor of doing the very first zero to 100 dc fast charging session on a lucid air were going to see what the peak charging rate is, how the charging curve ends up because, as you know, the Charging curve is probably even more important than the peak charging rate now lucid claims. This is the fastest charging electric vehicle in north america today so were going to put it to the test and see exactly how fast this guy charges. Now you have to understand, we could be limited by the equipment, because the charging process is only as good as the charging equipment and weve had issues with some of the infrastructure thats out there already so lets head over now were going to go to the electrifier America dc fast charging station were going to plug her in were going to see if plug in charge works and then were going to see just how fast this bad boy charges well check back in when im on the way. Well, talk about some of the things we did to make sure this charging session goes off successfully. So in order to get the best charging rate, we can we have to make sure the battery is at the right. Temperature. Lucid tells me that that needs to be at around 31 degrees celsius, which is about 88 degrees, fahrenheit or higher in order to get peak charging performance.

To do that, you want to pre condition the battery you hit charging here. Youll see this comes up start preconditioning. Now its going to ask you to confirm – and it tells you that preconditioning shortens your charging time – they want you to start 20 minutes before fast charging. Now that depends on how cold the battery is. If its really cold, you might want to start as much as 45 minutes before fast charging. If you want to get the peak charging rate now, you dont have to do this. You can just plug into a dc fast charger. You dont need to precondition. You just do that to get the fastest and the highest charging rate possible, and it tells you that its going to reduce your remaining range, because some of the energy is now being used to warm the battery its not being used to propel the car. And it reminds you you can still plug in while preconditioning when you roll up to the station, you dont have to shut off preconditioning you can just plug in, and now i want you to confirm so were going to confirm that and now it says, stop preconditioning, Because the battery is preconditioning um, i want to point out that i turned it off just to do this demonstration ive been pre conditioning for like a half an hour now, just to make sure we are definitely at the right battery temperature. Lucid has told me that we will arrive at the electrify america charging station at the proper temperature and the car will be able to accept its maximum power.

So i have to go along with what they told me im also going to drive it relatively aggressively on the way over there. So well warm things up even a little further. All right lets head over to the electrify america charging station and begin this dc fast charge test. One more thing id like to point out you see down here. It says, set charge limit when you press that youll see, i have it set to charge at 100 percent if youd like to charge to a lower state of charge for daily charging. Youd simply take this ball and slide it down to wherever you would like the daily uh icon. There is set at about 80 percent, but again you can charge to whatever percentage you want on daily charging with how long of range this car has. I dont really see the need in charging it for higher than 80 because it goes so far per charge. I think thats, probably a good recommendation on lucids port 80 is just fine on a car that goes 500 miles per charge all right. So i am on my way to the electrify america charging station in santa clara, its called the westfield valley, fair electrify america charging station and it actually its a new one that just came online and it has 14 stations, two of which are 350 kilowatts. So we have to get one of those two stations, and it was we just reported on this on inside evs.

It was the 200th electrify america charging station in california, so they had a nice milestone out here. I hope that everything goes off without a hitch. Ive been so excited about doing this car the dc fast charging test on the lucid air for so long now, because it has so much promise and lucids been saying its the fastest charging electric vehicle. This thing can take in over 300 kilowatts. I dont know that the charging stations can deliver that much. I know. Electric america has 350 kilowatt dc fast charging stations, but im still not convinced that theyll deliver that much power, because theres been no vehicles that could accept that much power up until now. The tycon could accept the most power, which was 270 kilowatts and uh. You know without vehicles, on the road testing and using them im not really sure that the the stations can actually deliver that much but well find out really soon. The lucid air just won motor trends car of the year award, its got the longest range fastest charging lucid said its the most advanced electric vehicle were not going to be testing all that stuff out today, but we will be testing its charging to see if its, The fastest charging even well compare it to some of the other electric vehicles that charge really quickly like tesla model s, uh tycon, which i just did the charging recordings on those both of those vehicles so well have them to compare um.

I tell you: the air is a great driving vehicle. This feels so good its so responsive, so comfortable. The interior is beautiful. Its i can see why motor trend selected it to be the car of the year. Talking about lucid, i have to commend them. Theyve been excellent with this whole process of letting me be the first person do this full dc fast charging test and they didnt want to interfere. They said we want you to do it. The way you do it uh tell us what you need. We dont want to do anything outside of that were not going to influence anything. I actually even said. Maybe we should do it at the dc fast charging station in your labs, because we know that is going to work properly, because you know every now and then ill. Do a dc fast charge test ill plug into a charging station out in the wild, and i dont get what i need or the car shuts off. I mean weve off your own electric vehicle and youve used public infrastructure. You know that happens from time to time and i dont want to fly all the way out here to california set this whole thing up at plug in and then womp womp. So i said: well, maybe well do it at your facility and they said no. We dont want you to do it our facility, we dont, want it to look contrived. We dont want it to look like we set it up to charge the great they said.

Well, give you the car you go. Do your thing were not going to interfere. The only thing that they did do was they did communicate with electrify america to make sure the charging station that im going to has been functioning lately now thats, the best you can do. We cant be certain that when i plug in today its gon na work, but you can do some background on the station and make sure that other people havent had issues and supposedly this 350 kilowatt charging station, that im going to plug into has been reliable. Lately. Now it hasnt been reliable in the 300 kilowatt area because theres no other cars out there that can charge at that rate, but it has been reliable. So we got our fingers crossed that were going to get a clean, zero to 100 charging session without any issues. We have arrived at westfield valley, fair in santa clara, and we are about to plug in the lucid air for our dc fast charge test. This is a really cool charging station here at the westfield valley, fair electrifying, america did a great job. Its got 14 stations. Two of them are 350 kilowatt, the rest of them are 150., and the stalls have the power painted on the ground that the station in that slot can deliver. Ive never seen that before its really cool makes it easy, because other than that, you have to look at the little stickers on the charging station.

If you dont go into your electrify america app ahead of time to see which stalls deliver which power. So i think this is really cool, that it shows it on the ground. Theres also solar canopies here, which are also awesome uh, but you have to understand its not like theyre, fully powering these charging stations not by a long shot, but what they do do is trickle feed a on site, energy storage. This is one of the electrify america sites that has battery storage here, which helps them lower the cost of charging, because they can charge up the batteries overnight when electricity rates cost less and then deploy it during the day and also feed off the grid. During the day, but at a lower rate, so they dont incur enormous demand charges which are a big problem with dc fast charging. All right. The time has come were going to plug in hopefully plug in charge works, because the lucid air does come with plug in charge were going to check out, make sure that works then were going to record the whole session and, as always, were going to analyze. The heck out of it make some graphs and some charts compare it to other electric vehicles, all thats coming up next, but please dont, forget click that subscribe button ring the notification bell, so you dont miss any upcoming content here on state of charge all right. The time has come were going to plug in the lucid air dream edition range 520 mile epa raid rated range super high speed dc fast charging, but were gon na find out right now exactly how fast that is.

This vehicle is equipped with plug and charge. So i should be able to just plug it in, and its gon na authenticate and start charging lets, give it a go. Its connecting to vehicle payment accepted, looks like were charging initiating charging and were on our way stay tuned because were going to be showing the entire charging session now in time lapse before we go over the whole thing, with our charts and graphs and analyze it lucidaire. First dc fast charge recording by third party tom malogany state of charge, thanks for watching as soon as we plug in bang 271 kilowatt, but im stopping the video here to show you whats on the screen. Here you see where it says: 81 minutes left until 80. Thats new software ive never seen that on electrify america, charging stations im used to just seeing the state of charge. But now the state of charge rotates with what the station believes is the time its going to take to reach 80 state of charge, which, in the case of the lucid air, was completely incorrect. So i want to tell everybody: just totally disregard that metric there, that you see where it shows how long its going to take to get to 80, because its completely wrong just pay attention to the state of charge and ignore that time to 80 percent. We hit the magical 300 kilowatt point in only one and a half minutes and the 10 state of charge point in three minutes and five and a half minutes were at 20 state of charge and weve now added 100 miles of range based on a slightly d.

Rated epa range rating and in only 11 minutes of charging weve added 50 kilowatt hours. Now i stopped the video at this point to talk about this: a little bit, thats, actually half the size of a tesla model, s battery pack and the model s when i supercharged it. It took 15 minutes to add 50 kilowatt hours and the porsche tycoon took me 23 minutes to add 50 kilowatt hours, and you have to also consider that the air is more efficient than both of those vehicles. So not only did you add 50 kilowatt hours in less time, but the air can go further than those two electro vehicles can on 50 kilowatt hour. So lets start the video back up now and continue the observation we hit the 40 state of charge. Point in 12 minutes and weve now added back 200 miles of driving range in only 12 minutes were at 50 state of charge in 16 minutes and weve now taken in 67 kilowatt hours, now im going to stop the video here to talk about that for a Minute, the lucid air dream edition range has a 118 kilowatt hour battery pack. Usable lucid told me that is extremely close to the total size of the battery pack, because the battery pack is so large, lucid is recommending that their customers charge to only 80 and in doing so, theyre opening up nearly the entire battery pack as usable. So, with a 118 kilowatt hour battery pack, youd, say wow, i wouldnt think that youd be in 67 kilowatt hour, dispensed at 50 state of charge, thats 134 kilowatt hour.

What gives well theres always charging losses when you dc fast charge and the faster you charge the higher amount of power, the more losses because of heat, so we would expect somewhere around a 10 percent uh loss when were charging at these high rates of 300 and 200 kilowatt hour, so we would expect to finish up with the amount of energy dispensed being somewhere about 10 more than what the battery pack size is so lets see what happens when were done and lets start the video back up now after 20 minutes of charging Were at 56 state of charge and the station has delivered 76 kilowatt hour, the charge rate is also dropped below 150 kilowatt for the first time. Two minutes later were at 60 state of charge and weve. Now, aided 300 miles of driving range 70 state of charge arrives in 28 minutes, and the station has dispensed 94 kilowatt hour were now also charging at 110 kilowatt in 32 minutes were at 75 state of charge, and the station has dispensed 100 kilowatt hour, as mentioned Before 100 kilowatt hour has not made it into the battery pack, probably only about 89 to 90 kilowatt hour has, with the rest, being lost to heat and also to power. The cooling system of the air, as it was working furiously to keep the batteries and components cool during this charging session 75 is also when the charge rate slips below 100 kilowatt for good.

The air reaches 80 state of charge in 37 minutes and weve. Now added back 400 miles of driving range in only 37 minutes and were charging at 83 kilowatt. Now, as a comparison, when i did my tesla model s, plaid supercharging recording at 80 percent, the plan was taking in 70 kilowatt and when i did my porsche tycon dc fast charge test at 80. It was charging at 54 kilowatt. The air reaches 90 state of charge in 49 minutes and at that point, its only pulling about 50 kilowatt now most people would unplug by now or even earlier, maybe at 85 percent, but were doing this zero to 100 to give people a complete picture of the Charging curve, but if you are charging an electric vehicle, an air or any electric vehicle, you really shouldnt be hanging out at a dc fast charger beyond 80 or 85, its a waste of time, because the cars then charge so much slower than they do at a Lower state of charge, even the air, with such its great dc fast charging capability, slows down dramatically at higher states of charge. If you remember, we got to 80 state of charge in 37 minutes, and then it takes another 45 minutes to go from 80 to 100. So you do the math its just not worth hanging out once the state of charge gets above 80 with any electric vehicle, unless you absolutely have to the station finally shuts off in an hour and 22 minutes and weve added a 134 kilowatt hour thats slightly more Than i was expecting, i was figured we were going to finish up with a 130 kilowatt hour dispensed because thatd be 10 charging losses on top of the airs 118 kilowatt hour battery pack.

So it could be a couple of things. Lucid might have an extra kilowatt hour or two in there that theyre not telling us about, or the fact that we were charging at such a high rate over 300 kilowatt and the high 200 kilowatts. For a long time meant that we had more charging losses than what i experienced with most of the other electric vehicles that i charge. In any event, we finished up the zero to 100 charging session in an hour and 22 minutes, and the station had dispensed 134 kilowatt hour all right. Well, there we have it the very first zero to 100 dc fast charge, recording of a lucid air and theres a lot to unpack here. First off it hit 304 kilowatts. First time, weve seen an ev hit over 300 kilowatts. Now it didnt hold that for very long only for a couple of minutes at the very beginning of the charging session, but thats okay, because it held a very high charging rate for a long time and as you can see it added kilowatt hour to the battery Pack really quickly in only five minutes, it added a hundred miles of range now thats epa rated range. Let me explain the lucid air dream edition range that i charged has an epa range rating of 520 miles. Now we always like to do 70 mile an hour highway range tests and thats what i use as the official range for the cars.

When i talk about how many miles per minute they add and how long it took to add 100 miles or 200 miles of range to an ev, i use that, rather than the epa official range thats. What we do we like to be consistent on all the cars we test here, but we havent had a chance to range test. The lucid air im going to be doing that very soon were going to be setting up a 70 mile an hour. Highway range test within a matter of a couple of weeks and ill, then be able to revisit this and really add how many, how long it took to add 100 miles 200 miles 300 miles of range, but for now today, what im going to do is, since Its epa range rated at 520 miles, im going to knock 20 miles off of that and im going to say, the car has a 500 mile range, and i know this is an estimate and a guess makes things simple, because when we hit 20 state of charge, Weve added 100 miles of range, 40, 200, so forth, and so on and its going to make it easier to really convert the time to the miles added now, as i said, were going to come back and revisit that once i do the 70 mile an hour Highway range test, but for the purposes of today we dont have any official range testing were going to use epa in five and a half minutes the air added 100 miles of range.

If you use 500 miles as the range of the vehicle it took 12 minutes to add 200 miles and and in only 22 minutes it added 300 miles of range. As a matter of fact, it charged from zero to 80 percent in only 37 minutes and thats. Pretty amazing, when you consider it has such a large battery pack, you know when we talk about 20 to 80 percent and so forth. You really cant compare ev to ev unless you compare the battery pack size and the range, because thats really whats most important is how far do you get? Customers really dont care about c rates and and battery percentages, or even how many kilowatt hours are added to the car in a certain period of time. What most people really care about is how long do i have to charge to add 100 miles or 200 miles or 300 miles of range when youre stopped at a dc fast charger, so thats? What were going to talk about here today? How long it took to add a certain amount of miles? I set up a couple of charts which were going to dive into right now were going to pick this stuff apart and hopefully make sense out of what just happened here. But i think, when all is said and done, its going to be pretty clear that the air is the fastest charging electric vehicle available today. All right, so first up lets, take a look at the charging power chart, as you can see.

As soon as we plugged in the air jumped up to about 270 kilowatt charge rate, and then it creeps up to 300 kilowatt goes a little bit above 300 kilowatt. We saw 303, then 304 for just a minute or so, and it holds around 300 kilowatts. It bounced up and down a little bit till about the 16 state of charge, point and thats when it begins this long, nearly perfectly linear slope, all the way down to a hundred percent state of charge. Now the interesting thing is, i talked to lucid about this. I talked about the charging curve when we were done and said you know i kind of wish it was a little bit more linear that it it held a higher charging rate for a longer period of time. They explained to me that they could have made it almost a perfect straight line up to about 80 percent if they would have reduced the initial charge rate. And, quite honestly, the vehicle would have taken the same amount of time to charge, because even though you get all this power in the beginning, you have to start ramping down pretty rapidly. As you see there, because things get hot and some components can overheat. So you get this really huge burst of power in the beginning, but then it starts to slope all the way down now. If they would have done it differently and lets say, had a maximum charge rate of 230 or 240 kilowatts, they could have had the car jump right up to that and then held that charge rate all the way up to 70 to 80 percent before it started.

Tapering down to 100, and they had internal discussion on this. What should we do? What would be better and the uh the higher charging rate, one? I think its probably part of that is to say that were the first electric vehicle that can charge at rates over 300 kilowatt, it doesnt mean that its going to be slower now it just means that the chart looks like this as opposed to what it would Have looked like if they would have capped the maximum charging rate at around 250 kilowatts, maybe a little bit less than that it would have been virtually a straight line. Kind of like the audi e tron. The audi e tron has a 150 kilowatt dc fast charge rate and when you plug in it jumps right up to it and it holds it its like a perfectly straight line up over 70 percent and a lot of people like that, its you know exactly what Youre going to get the whole time and with the air its a little bit different, you get a ton of power up front. Then it starts to slope down to the end. A couple of key points to note is at the 43 state of charges when the air drops down below the 200 kilowatt charge rate and then at 74 it drops down below 100 kilowatt. Now a lot of people like to talk about how long does it take to charge from 20 to 80 in an electric vehicle? I said earlier that nobody charges from zero to a hundred percent and theres no one set starting point and ending point, but people use the 20 to 80 reference because thats, probably an average uh charging session, where somebody might use on a road trip.

They wouldnt probably drive too much lower than 20 percent people feel uncomfortable getting to a low percent state of charge. So 20 is a good starting point. So lets say you were going to charge the air from 20 to 80 percent. During this charging session it took 31 and a half minutes and you added 300 miles of epa rated range thats, 60 percent of the battery and, as we said earlier, every 20 is about 100 miles of range. So if you charge from 20 to 80, its gon na, take you about 31 and a half minutes and youll add about 300 miles of range. However, it might even be quicker because lucid told me if you plugged in at 20 youd see better performance in the beginning of the charging curve than you see here. Thats, because at this point the car was starting to throttle down the charging rate to cool things. Down we had just charged at over 300 kilowatts for a while and the vehicle needed to cool things down, so it lowered the charge rate if you just plugged in at 20, youd see better performance for the first 10 or 15 minutes than what you see on This charging curve, so you may do 20 to 80 in 28 or 29 minutes, either way its going to be pretty close to this figure on about a half an hour to get from 20 to 80 and add 300 miles of range in a lucid air.

Next up is the time to charge graph and, as you can see, the x axis down on the bottom has the top charge time in minutes. The y axis is the state of charge of the vehicle you can see here in the beginning of the charging session. The curve goes up a lot more aggressively than it does once we get past say the 20 minute point now lets take a quick look at how fast we added 100, 200, 300 and 400 miles of range. The 100 miles of range added happened in five and a half minutes 200 miles came at the 12 minute. Point 300 miles of added range comes in 22 minutes and 400 miles of range in only 37 minutes. Thats really crazy, fast 400 miles is more range than any electric vehicle sold today other than the lucid air and the tesla model. S long range can even do and the air can add it in a little more than a half an hour, making it just an incredible long range car, thats, just fantastic for road tripping or even say a cannibal run record. Maybe really wouldnt. Surprise me. If the next time we see the cannibal run record for electric vehicles done in a lucid air, well thats a wrap on the lucid air dc fast charge, zero to 100 recording, as ive said before in the video. I just want to make it really clear that nobody is really going to be charging the vehicle 0 to 100 percent thats, just not what happens in the real world, but we do this.

So we get a complete picture of what it would take to charge from zero to 100 percent, and then people can pick exactly what theyd like to see. Well, how long did it take from 10 to 70 or from 20 to 50, so forth, and so on? Thats, why we make the charts and graphs too people can print those up if theyd like, and they get a good idea of exactly from what starting point and what finishing port, how long it takes and how much miles are added in that time period. Next up were going to be doing a deep dive analysis, comparing the lucid air charging to the tesla model, s plaid and porsche tycon, both of which i recorded zero to 100 percent within the last month. So ive got fresh data on cars that were practically new. All three of these cars that i tested had less than a couple thousand miles on them, so the batteries were fresh. The cars were new, none of them really experienced much degradation, so it should be a really fair analysis. I hope that that video up within a week or so but its theres a lot of data that i want to crunch a lot of charts i want to make so it might take a little bit longer than that, but look forward to that video coming up.