Wednesday, 19 August 2020 17:34

Lucid Air to Offer Vehicle-to-Grid and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Charging Features

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


A recent press release from electric car maker Lucid Motors has revealed the company will be rolling out its flagship Air sedan with a rather interesting feature: V2X.

According to the company, “V2X” refers to “vehicle-to-everything,” which means the Lucid Air will have full bi-directional capabilities built-in, allowing the car to function in both vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) scenarios.


As noted by the company in a press release, the Lucid Air’s bi-directional home charging capabilities could provide a lot of value to owners of the luxury electric sedan. Thanks to bi-directional charging, Lucid Air owners could use their vehicles as an energy storage unit to power their homes, particularly useful during those occasional trips to off-grid areas.


“Home charging is one of the key benefits of EV ownership," the company noted. "In addition to the standard Lucid Mobile Charging Cord that comes with every Lucid vehicle, Lucid has also developed the Lucid Connected Home Charging Station, one of the first AC charging stations with bi-directional charging ever offered. With bi-directional charging, owners can enjoy not just a more cost-effective charging method, but also use their Lucid Air as a temporary energy reserve to power their homes, including off-grid vacation properties."


The rollout of the bi-directional Lucid Connected Home Charging Station is made possible by the EV maker’s integrated partnership with Qmerit. Owners of the Air interested in taking advantage of their vehicles’ bi-directional charging capabilities would be required to complete a digital survey, which Qmerit will then use to manage the installation process using its network of licensed electricians.


Pricing for the Connected Home Charging Station is yet to be announced.


The Lucid Air’s vehicle-to-vehicle capabilities were not discussed by the company much in its recent press release, but the practical applications of the function are notable. With such a feature in place, Lucid Air owners would be able to provide power from their vehicles’ batteries to other electric cars low on energy.


Lucid has not stated if its V2V capabilities will be universally compatible with other EVs, or if it is designed to work only between two Air sedans.

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