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Lucid Unveils Gravity Electric SUV with more than 440 miles of range
The Gravity rear hatch
opens wide like the Lucid
Air for large items.
higher than the 118 kWh found in the
higher-trim levels of the company's Air
sedan. Lucid has not shared an official
capacity number, but based on that
rough estimate, the company is targeting
an efficiency rate of roughly 3.7
miles (5.9 km) per kWh. For comparison,
the Rivian R1S electric SUV rolling
with a 149 kWh pack has 400 miles
(644 km) of range, which works out to
2.68 miles (4.3 km) per kWh.
To help it achieve those range numbers
from a pack smaller than those
seen in three-row models from GM and
Rivian, the automaker aimed for a drag
coefficient of less than 0.24. It helps
that the design essentially is a Lucid Air
stretched up and out, and the Air is already
a slippery vehicle.
Like the Air, the Gravity is built on a
Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson's focus on
efficiency permeates the automotive
startup. The boss doubles as the company's
CTO. That close connection to
vehicles coming out of the Newark,
California HQ is likely closer than that of
the average automotive CEO.
Rawlinson's obsession with efficiency
has paid off with the unveiling of the
company's second vehicle, the all-electric
Gravity SUV. With a targeted range
of more than 440 miles (708 km) from
a three-row SUV, the EV startup is putting
other automakers on notice.
During a presentation at Lucid's HQ
ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show,
Derek Jenkins, senior vice president of
design and brand, told SAE Media,
" there's still an opportunity to optimize
what an SUV is and can do. "
A luxury power
The automaker is eking nearly 450
miles (724 km) out of a battery pack
with a capacity that, according to a
Lucid spokesperson, is likely slightly
900-volt electrical architecture that
Lucid said supports DC fast-charging
that should add approximately 200
miles (322 km) of range in about 15
minutes at a suitable charging station.
Lucid didn't share the exact charge rate,
but based on data from the Lucid Air,
that should be about 250 kW.
Performance-wise, Lucid said the
Gravity will do 0-to-60 mph (0-to-97
km/h) in 3.5 seconds from its dual-motor
setup and has a payload capacity of
1,500 lb (680 kg) and can tow up to
6,000 lb (2722 kg).
The Lucid Gravity offers three-row space in an efficient package.
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