Lucid shifts to Panasonic batteries, some to be US-made

Some future variations of the Lucid Air and Gravity SUV could make their spectacular vary claims with U.S.-made batteries.

On Tuesday, Lucid Group and Panasonic Vitality Co. confirmed a multi-year settlement that can hold Lucid provided because it ramps up the remainder of the Lucid Air lineup in 2023 and begins manufacturing of the Gravity SUV in 2024.

The Panasonic provide headed to Lucid will embrace lithium-ion cells from a facility in Japan, plus future manufacturing from the corporate’s upcoming plant in De Soto, Kansas, which has been claimed to be the biggest battery plant on this planet.

Comparing 2170 vs. 1865 - Panasonic

Evaluating 2170 vs. 1865 – Panasonic

Lucid already makes use of cells from LG Chem in some variations of the Air, together with the Grand Touring, whereas it is used cells from Samsung SDI in its preliminary Dream Version variations of the Air. A press launch issued by Panasonic Vitality and Lucid says that Panasonic batteries shall be provided for Lucid’s “full automobile line-up,” so it’s unclear which variations may retain cells from these present suppliers, or whether or not they is likely to be funneled towards one other undertaking—like vitality storage merchandise, for example.

Having U.S.-made battery cells in its automobiles could assist Lucid, because it produces extra lower-priced automobiles, to qualify for the revamped federal EV tax credit score, referred to as the Clear Car Credit score, and particularly its new U.S. sourcing necessities. The brand new credit score solely applies to vehicles that value $55,000 or much less, or to SUVs, vans, or pickups that value $80,000 or much less.

Nothing has but been mentioned about Gravity pricing, however at the moment, the Air lineup is not even near that. The bottom Air Pure prices $88,900 as we speak, together with the $1,500 vacation spot price, and it is exhausting to think about the Gravity rising with a lower cost. However later this decade Lucid does intend to convey its efficiency-leading tech to extra reasonably priced fashions.

Lucid Air production

Lucid Air manufacturing

The Lucid Air, which stays the longest-range EV in the marketplace, is produced in Casa Grande, Arizona, and the Gravity SUV is because of be produced there in addition to a part of a plant growth. Panasonic is a longtime Tesla provider, and the Kansas plant will reportedly additionally present a lot of its output to Tesla. Canoo is one other smaller-scale U.S. EV maker that’s confirmed using Panasonic cells, possible from the Kansas plant.

A change of cells for Lucid Air manufacturing won’t be something the customer even notices. As a startup, Lucid’s Atieva group provided battery packs for System E racing and has maintained a deep data base of accessible cell sorts, chemistries, and thermal components.