The upcoming Lucid Air may be the fastest-charging EV yet

Lucid Motors, an American car manufacturer, announced its electric vehicle, the Lucid Air back in 2016, and started taking orders for it earlier this year. Set to go against the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan, the awaited EV is coming up strong with formidable feats to go up against the big guns.

Just Wednesday, the automaker announced that the Lucid Air will be the fastest-charging electric car, with the ability to recover 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes, claiming it’ll be the “fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered.” This news follows Lucid’s recent announcement of the Air having a range of 517 miles, once again toppling the Tesla Model S’s highest achievement of 402 miles in its Long Range Plus model.

To achieve peaking charging speeds, Lucid will utilize a 300kW+ Combined Charging Standard (CCS) fast-charging station, courtesy of Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, who will be rolling out these fast chargers to about 2000 of their stations in America. In addition, bi-directional charging, unlike the traditional unidirectional method, will allow the Air to be used as an emergency home power source, or for “off-grid vacation sites”, according to Lucid. All of this equates to the Air achieving a charge rate of 900 miles per hour sustained over 20 minutes. Regularly, the Air will be able to recover up to 80 miles of range per hour with the slower “Level 2 AC charging”, says the carmaker.

So this company just popped out of nowhere and started making record-setting cars? Well not quite. Originally founded in 2007 under the name Atieva, they aimed to supply electrical equipment to the evergrowing EV market. However, the company rebranded in 2016 as Lucid Motors, and announced the Lucid Air concept, beginning their ascent into becoming a luxury electric vehicle manufacturer.

We can expect these record-setting feats to come expensive, synonymous to the Model S to say the least.