An exciting new adapter is on the way, as Lucid introduces the RangeXchange, a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging adapter that enables the Lucid Air to charge other EVs directly.
The Lucid RangeXchange is rated at 9.6 kilowatts, which, according to the manufacturer, should give other EVs a boost worth 24-40 miles of range per hour, depending on their onboard charger and energy consumption. The energy shared comes from the Lucid’s main battery.
To use the RangeXchange, Lucid owners simply have to attach the RangeXchange charging adapter to the charging cable and plug it directly into the receiving car, as shown in the main image. It’s important to note that the accessory requires Lucid’s latest over-the-air (or OTA) update.
The AC power export feature is possible thanks to the onboard Wunderbox’s bi-directional charging technology, developed in-house by Lucid. According to the manufacturer, vehicle-to-vehicle charging is the first application of the Wunderbox, and in the future, several more features might be possible, including vehicle-to-home backup power, time-of-use (or TOU) optimization, and vehicle-to-grid (or V2G) power.
The Lucid RangeXchange is already listed on the manufacturer’s website with a price tag of $125 and an estimated ship date of November 17, 2023.
The price does not seem to be high for such an accessory, although it’s worth mentioning that the most expensive element– onboard power electronics with bi-directional capability –is already installed on the Lucid Air.
Peter Rawlinson, the CEO and CTO of Lucid, said:
“I’m delighted that Lucid continues to innovate, enabled by our integrated fusion of software and hardware. “RangeXchange is a small step to further enhance the everyday usability of the electric vehicle.”
Eric Bach, the Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid, said:
“Designed and engineered in-house by Lucid, the Wunderbox is far more than just a piece of hardware that charges the battery pack. From giving other EVs a boost with RangeXchange today, to possible future applications like vehicle-to-home backup power, time-of-use (TOU) optimization, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power, Lucid’s proprietary bi-directional charging technology has the potential to greatly improve our customers’ lives.”
Mike Bell, the Senior Vice President of Digital at Lucid, said:
“RangeXchange is yet another example of the tremendous value we can provide with an over-the-air software update long after a customer purchases our car. This system’s approach to the integration of hardware and software is what allows us to provide these value-add updates and is what sets Lucid apart in the auto industry.”