The motor shown in Lucid's animated illustration is not axial flux but given the performance and size I have long wondered if the illustration was misdirection. Lucid plays its cards fairly close to its chest.
That's what my brother and I are thinking. Mentioning something as arcane as axial flux motors in a car review does not strike me as something "Car & Driver" would have brought up unless they had specific information.The motor shown in Lucid's animated illustration is not axial flux but given the performance and size I have long wondered if the illustration was misdirection. Lucid plays its cards fairly close to its chest.
A "Flux capacitor" is a fictional item.I'm not an engineer, so the differences between radial and axial flux motors is completely lost on me. But isn't the battery in a car with such motors called a flux capacitor?
I don't think Lucid would mislead on the design of its motors, especially since models are on display in their studios. But perhaps they've succeeded in making some kind of a hybrid between radial and axial flux motors?
I wonder about the trade-offs Lucid is making by having such a power-dense, miniaturized motor. Would there be differences in terms of reliability or longevity? And why haven't other EV makers pursued this strategy? I can't believe such an approach is all benefit without cost.
I have similar questions about Lucid's 900V system. Why haven't other EV makers (except Porsche and Hyundai) opted for high voltage systems? The benefits, such as reduced charging time, seem obvious, but are there downsides?
Well, that about settles it. Great article.Motor Trend published this drill-down on Lucid's powertrain. No mention of axial flux motors here.
The 2022 Lucid Air's Stunning EV Powertrain Tech Is Why It's So Far Beyond the CompetitionYour move, Tesla. And, well, everyone else.www.motortrend.com
I wonder why "Car & Driver" said the car uses axial-flux motors?Well, that about settles it. Great article.