- Lucid will add NACS ports to 2025 models.
- Drivers with earlier models and CCS ports will have access to NACS charging stations.
- The Lucid Air will need about 28 minutes to charge from 10% to 80% at a 250-kW Tesla Supercharger.
And then there were two. Now that Lucid has announced the adoption of the North American Charging Standard, only two automakers remain. How long will it take before Volkswagen and Stellantis join the club?
Lucid Joins the Majority of OEMs in the US with NACS Adoption
Lucid followed Subaru, who followed Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Polestar, Genesis, Ford, General Motors, Rivian, and Nissan, by deciding to add North American Charging Standard (NACS) to vehicles in 2025.
Announcement Coincides with Low Third-Quarter EV Sales
This announcement comes shortly after Lucid shared special pricing through November 30, 2023. The automaker saw production drop in the third quarter, getting farther away from its 2023 goal of producing 10,000 vehicles.
Third quarter production was 1,550, a big drop from the 2,173 vehicles built in the second quarter. These abysmal sales put Lucid about 4,000 vehicles away from the 2023 goal. If Lucid follows the sales and lending trends other automakers are seeing, it’s a safe bet the company will not meet its 2023 sales goal.
All Lucid Models Will Have NACS Access in 2025
Making the NACS announcement gives consumers another reason to explore the exceptional offerings from Lucid. While the automaker won’t begin adding the NACS port until the 2025 model year EVs, drivers with older models will have access to the Tesla Superchargers. With over 15,000 Tesla Superchargers around North America, Lucid drivers will have many more charging options.
Charging the Lucid, But Not at Maximum Speed
While the Tesla Superchargers create more charging options for Lucid drivers, they won’t charge innovative models any faster. Currently, the Superchargers have a maximum charging speed of 250 kW. The Lucid Air has a 900-volt charging system, so it benefits the most from fully functional 350-kW charging stations – like those from Electrify America.
Charging an award-winning Lucid Air from 10% to 80% at a Tesla Supercharger will take about 26 minutes, which isn’t any better than the time it takes to charge a Kia EV6, or Hyundai IONIQ 5 with 800-volt charging architecture. It is faster than all Tesla cars, the VW ID.4, and Ford Mustang Mach-E which top out at 400-volts.
Making EV Ownership Convenient and Efficient
Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO at Lucid. said, “Adopting NACS is an important next step to providing our customers with expanded access to reliable and convenient charging solutions for their Lucid vehicles.” The automaker is dedicated to creating an efficient and convenient charging experience for Lucid drivers.
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