From the September 2022 concern of Automotive and Driver.
To measure the present state of electric-vehicle interstate journey, we adopted the identical route as final 12 months’s 11-car EV 1000. Solely this time could be one driver, one machine, one mission: pilot Lucid’s Air Grand Touring to see if it may strip the Tesla Mannequin S of the EV 1000 crown. The checkpoints stay the identical: Cincinnati and Athens, Ohio; Morgantown, West Virginia; Erie, Pennsylvania; and C/D headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Spoiler alert: The Lucid gained. Not by a small margin, however by a whopping 33 minutes, with a complete time of 15 hours and 41 minutes (95 minutes of that spent charging, a minute lower than final 12 months’s profitable Tesla). However its victory did not come with out drama.
Whereas Tesla’s huge Supercharger community is essentially dependable, Electrify America’s budding fast-charging infrastructure nonetheless reveals teething points. In Cincinnati, a number of chargers have been out of order. Fortunately, a single 350-kW plug was obtainable. If solely it had labored as marketed, as an alternative of taking 40 minutes so as to add 46 p.c.
Athens, Ohio, is prime actual property for a fast-charger, however we did not discover any new stations alongside the route. Our subsequent high-voltage connection could be some 377 miles away. The rolling Appalachian terrain threatened to eat each final electron, but the Lucid lined the stretch with 6 p.c of its battery capability left. As soon as once more chargers have been down, the 350-kW unit did not ship what’s promised, and defeated patrons drove away. “I am going to take what I can get. They’re going to get there,” mentioned one buyer. Yeah, however when?
After 36 minutes and with 75 p.c cost displaying, the race in opposition to the clock was on. The Lucid would require a fast splash east of Toledo for the ultimate push, and as soon as once more, the 350-kW charger did not ship.
The Lucid may’ve taken much less time had the fees been faster, and it might have required simply two stops. Electrify America just lately raised $450 million to develop its community, however the money is perhaps higher spent guaranteeing that the present tools works.
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