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200 MPH plus EV, Do we care?

 

Yesterday April 13th 2017, Lucid sent out an email about how their near production test car hit a top speed of 217 mph at the Ohio's Transportation Center banked oval test track. Many of us that follow the industry know that Tesla limits their auto's to 155 mph.  Lucid is on record that they intend to meet the needs of the high-speed cruising market of Europe and Middle east. Simulations can only go so far on a computer and then you have to put rubber to the road. This allows the engineers to monitor and tweak everything from the power train, suspension, body fluidity and so much more. This will allow them to review the data, make adjustments and come back later to push the limit even higher.

We know that Lucid is planning on a $60,000 dollar 400hp, 240 mile range RWD EV with the top model being a six figure AWD 1,000 HP and 400 miles of range on a super dense battery pack.

This begs the Question, other than the few places you can push this kind of Speed, Does it matter any more if an auto can go over 100 plus mph?

This question comes from seeing so many auto's that are now breaking that 6 second 0-60 speed showing they have the torque and hp to maintain the speed needed for daily driving.

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Actually, I’m really curious about this. I remember when Tesla’s could only go 125 MPH even with rapid acceleration. I would like to know what going 200 MPH+ would do to the battery?

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It would probably cause rapid drain to the battery and 200 mph would not be sustainable for very long. 

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A 500 mile range would be more compelling. 

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1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

A 500 mile range would be more compelling. 

Exactly. Performance of the Chevy Bolt is more than sufficient for most people.... but adding a bigger battery would get it up over 300 mile range and on to 400. 

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41 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

It would probably cause rapid drain to the battery and 200 mph would not be sustainable for very long. 

Yet this kind of testing would allow us to learn on how to build denser battery packs and create more efficient controllers, motors and figure out how to use capacitors that are in the super category to achieve this maybe from regen into the super capacitor to help maintain the high speed.

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