New Lucid accessories designed to be as smooth as Air

Lucid Motors is finally ready with branded accessories. The California-based EV maker enlisted the same members who designed the Air to work on the first four aftermarket options, maintaining a cohesive aesthetic with the six-figure electric sedan. Probably the most popular item for homeowners will be the smart home charging station which costs $1,200. The sleek, Wi-Fi-enabled little black box maxes out Level 2 AC charging capability, supporting the 19.2kW charging the Air is capable of and pumping 80 miles of range into the battery every hour. It’s also bi-directional, capable of returning juice to a home energy storage system via the “lightweight” 24-foot cable. The station doubles the charging power of the mobile charging cable that comes with all Air trims, which peaks at 9.6kW and offers 40 miles of range for every hour plugged in.

It’s not cheap, but it’s like a luxury item for a luxury vehicle, and it’s still less than Ford’s Charge Station Pro which retails for $1,310. Tesla recently reworked its charging options, offering a third-generation Wall Connector for $400. This is compatible with almost any electric vehicle, but it peaks at 11.5kW, down from the 19.2kW capacity of the second-generation charger.

The rest of the accessories are suitable for the “active lifestyle”, automakers constantly present the ideal demographic group. The $500 black aluminum crossbars hook neatly into the roof slots. They can hold 165 pounds, are said to have “minimal aerodynamic impact” and work with a number of standard Yakima racks for holding outdoor gear. The Cargo Capsule was designed to sit on those bars, adding 11.47 cubic feet of storage space to the Air’s already bulky 32.5-foot interior cargo space with second-row seats. readings. It’s a shame what the wind and the elements will do to the Capsule, though; the gloss and matte black finish of the ABS shell is truly pure. The box can be opened from either side of the vehicle and is equipped with interior lighting to avoid rummaging around in the dark. We still don’t know why the Capsule costs $2,000, but we’d love to know.

Finally, a $250 set of all-weather mats will help keep the Earth out of the car instead of being part of the Air’s carpet. Tough, non-slip, waterproof, with raised edges to prevent dirt spillage, they’re shaded to match the Air’s interior options in Ceramic, Graphite, Saddle and Black hues.

Frankly, the last three pieces of equipment sound like preparation for the Lucid Gravity SUV supposed to arrive next year, although press photos for the Gravity featured a thinner roof box than the Air unit.

Accessories can be ordered now from the Lucid store, with shipments expected to begin before the end of the year. The home charging station is the only constrained item, sold in limited quantities until 2023.

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