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Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) will be sole battery supplier to Formula E

teslasuperfan

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Lucid (Formerly Known as Atieva) Will Be the Sole Battery-Pack Supplier for Formula E

They are partnering with McLaren and Sony. They also point out that their batteries will not overheat like Tesla's after repeated high power runs. It was validated by their test mule named Edna.

Lucid seem like the real deal compared to Karma, Faraday Future, NextEV and LeEco. None of those has shown their own battery IPs.

They seem to be on a roll with the rebranding, unveiling of some teaser shots of their car and now this.
 

voyager

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There comes a time that even politicians will say: "It's the battery, stupid"....
The future depends on the battery, the largest enabler of the transition to electric vehicles, car makers will be using.
 

RobStark

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They also point out that their batteries will not overheat like Tesla's after repeated high power runs. It was validated by their test mule named Edna.

I am sure this is the case in a multi-million dollar race car.

Put into the hands of customers for ~$70k or less with an 8 year unlimited mile warranty then we are talking.
 

Yggdrasill

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They also point out that their batteries will not overheat like Tesla's after repeated high power runs. It was validated by their test mule named Edna.
I can't find that in the article.

The Tesla batteries don't usually overheat. The power limit that you experience on Tesla's vehicles is due to the motor, which doesn't use permanent magnets. If Tesla wants to make a track car, they could use different motors and the rest of the system should work pretty well. Of course, the batteries aren't engineered for track use. They are engineered for low cost, high energy density and long life span. A Tesla track car should maybe use a supercap-pack to shave off the power peaks.
 

teslasuperfan

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I can't find that in the article.

The Tesla batteries don't usually overheat. The power limit that you experience on Tesla's vehicles is due to the motor, which doesn't use permanent magnets. If Tesla wants to make a track car, they could use different motors and the rest of the system should work pretty well. Of course, the batteries aren't engineered for track use. They are engineered for low cost, high energy density and long life span. A Tesla track car should maybe use a supercap-pack to shave off the power peaks.

Here is the quote from the article:

The company not so subtly points to crosstown rival Tesla as an example of performance claims that only deliver under specific conditions. It has already designed intercell cooling around repeat acceleration runs, with its Edna test mule—the quickest van this editor had ever been in, as it covers zero to 60 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds and boasts twin motors/inverters and 1200 horsepower—aiming to provide acceleration performance numbers that are reproducible not just in close succession but across the battery’s state of charge.
 

YBT

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Good for these guys. The tech around Edna looks great and the engineering talent they have assembled is very impressive.

Trying to one up Tesla will be an industry norm from here on out (it more or less already is). Perhaps these guys will finally offer a nice EV for the track guys who are still keeping a stinky old BMW around for fun runs.
 

teslasuperfan

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I am sure this is the case in a multi-million dollar race car.

Put into the hands of customers for ~$70k or less with an 8 year unlimited mile warranty then we are talking.

They have to start somewhere. New and expensive tech will eventually trickle down to the masses. This is what Tesla did, first with the Roadster, now Model S/X and soon Model 3.
Lucid clearly said at the end they intend to use their tech in their products. We will have to wait and see.
 

RobStark

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They have to start somewhere. New and expensive tech will eventually trickle down to the masses. This is what Tesla did, first with the Roadster, now Model S/X and soon Model 3.
Lucid clearly said at the end they intend to use their tech in their products. We will have to wait and see.


Yes, we will have to wait and see.

Sometimes it takes one year, 10 years or never for racetrack tech to trickle down.
 

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