Lucid Unveils New Racing Drive Unit, Expands Retail Presence In Canada


Some thrilling information for Lucid followers not too long ago got here throughout the CleanTechnica desk. Not solely is Lucid increasing its operations in Canada with a brand new retail location, nevertheless it additionally has a brand new drive unit that’s made for racing. And, this comes after saying report manufacturing that exceeded monetary steerage beforehand launched by the corporate.

Let’s check out every of those tales!

New Retail Location In Canada

The corporate has proudly unveiled its newest hybrid of Studio, supply, and repair heart within the province of Quebec. The Montreal location opened to patrons on Saturday, January twenty eighth, rising its complete variety of areas in North America to a whopping 32 Studios and repair facilities. On a global scale, that’s 36 websites throughout the globe.

After Lucid achieved 2022’s manufacturing objectives with a formidable 7,180 autos produced, the corporate is now exponentially rising its bodily presence in Canada by opening its third retail location and first service supply heart positioned in Quebec. This 1,781-square-meter luxurious retailer and repair area at 6700 Rue Saint-Jacques will present clients from this space complete gross sales and buyer help providers.

“The opening of our first retail location within the province of Quebec is a major milestone for Lucid in Canada,” mentioned Zak Edson, Vice President of Gross sales and Service, Lucid Group. “Canadians have confirmed they’re critical about EVs, so we’re trying ahead to offering Montreal and surrounding areas with the innovation and dynamic expertise of our award-winning lineup of Lucid Air.”

Whenever you go to a Lucid Studio, its distinctive design aesthetic will instantly seize your consideration. Its digitally-oriented luxurious expertise is tailor-made to the person wants of every buyer, whether or not that be in-person visits, strictly on-line inquiries, or in the event you’d like to mix each.

Lucid’s New Racing Drive Unit

Just a few days earlier than opening the brand new Canadian retail location, Lucid jumped deeper into motorsports with the introduction of its new electrical drive unit, already getting used because the default entrance driving pressure in a distinguished all-electric racing sequence.

“With unimaginable energy density of 14.7 hp/kg and immense power recuperation, this drive unit will as soon as once more remodel electrical motorsports, following within the footsteps of our revolutionary battery pack in prior race seasons,” mentioned Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group. “For Lucid, the switch of expertise between motorsports and street vehicles is a two-way symbiosis. This new motorsports drive unit builds immediately upon the groundbreaking powertrain expertise developed in-house by Lucid and confirmed on the street in each Lucid Air. I’m excited by the prospect that among the technical developments launched could in flip make their strategy to future Lucid street vehicles.”

The brand new motorsports drive unit is a powerhouse of recent engineering, with motor, inverter, differential, and transmission all built-in into one system that weighs solely 70.5 kilos (32 kilos) but produces 469 horsepower! It additionally options the superior high-voltage steady wave winding and unique microjet cooling expertise as present in Lucid Air’s sports activities sedan engines, whereas boasting a max rotor pace of 19,500 rpm.

The progressive Lucid drive unit proudly sits within the entrance of every racecar competing within the electrical championship sequence, offering regenerative power restoration from its entrance wheels throughout braking. This revolutionary expertise amplifies the automobile’s efficiency, effectivity, and relevance to advancing street vehicles.

The groundbreaking motors in Lucid Air’s acclaimed sports activities sedan had been designed, crafted, and produced utterly by the corporate. The identical goes for its new entrance motor drive unit which attracts upon its e-motor design information, energy electronics proficiency and laptop simulation expertise to create a sophisticated expertise that’s manufactured with precision at Lucid’s California headquarters.

Document Manufacturing in This fall 2022

A pair weeks earlier than saying the drive unit, the corporate proudly declared its manufacturing and supply figures for the quarter ending December 31, 2022. A formidable 3,493 autos had been generated on the Arizona manufacturing facility in This fall alone, with 1,932 of them delivered throughout that very same timeframe. For the entire 12 months, Lucid produced 7,180 autos and delivered 4,369. This was past its projected vary of 6,000-7,000 items.

Full figures might be accessible subsequent month (February 22) when the corporate holds a convention name and points a full press launch with all particulars. To attach with its buyers, Lucid is establishing a partnership with Say Applied sciences with a purpose to maximize shareholder engagement. Retail and institutional shareholders will have the ability to submit and upvote questions that administration can reply in the course of the earnings name, making certain an improved dialogue between Lucid and its investor base.

That is just like what Tesla does, so it ought to work fairly effectively for these future earnings calls.

Lucid Has Come A Lengthy Means

Whereas these manufacturing numbers are very small in comparison with Tesla and even many mainstream producer manufacturing numbers, we’ve got to take into account that that is nonetheless a comparatively younger firm. The corporate that may turn out to be Lucid began in 2007, however principally targeted on constructing elements for different EV producers. It wasn’t till 2016 that it modified its title and introduced the intent to construct a car itself.

By then, Tesla had already been constructing autos just like the Mannequin S for years and was getting began with the Mannequin X. Even GM had been constructing Volts for years and was within the strategy of getting ready the Bolt EV. So, this can be a race that Lucid began working after the others had gone a number of laps. The years’ lengthy strategy of design, manufacturing facility building, gathering (generally controversial) buyers, and in the end getting a car to manufacturing took till 2021.

Regardless of being behind different producers, Lucid is making spectacular technical strides. The proof is within the pudding, particularly once we recall a narrative from final month the place the Lucid Air ate the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid for lunch on the monitor. It will be arduous to argue that it had higher assets than Tesla did, nevertheless it nonetheless managed to not solely beat Tesla, however the quickest gas-powered automobile (the Bugatti Chiron) and even the quickest bike round that was particularly modified to attempt to beat them.

Clearly Lucid has one thing particular occurring behind the scenes. It’s no surprise Lucid wouldn’t let me take aerial images of its website!

All photos supplied by Lucid.




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