That's how we can tell you that the problem isn't the CCS Combo 1 connector specifically but Electrify America's inability to make its stalls work seamlessly with EVs boasting battery architectures that have a voltage of 800V or more.
The particular Air Grand Touring that left Colorado for California on a hauler has been used in three different tests requiring the Dieselgate-born high-power charging network to work properly.
The first happened in April when the Out of Spec team attempted to set a new EV Cannonball record. They would have done it, but the inconsistent charging experience put a serious dent in their plans.
Three months later, in July, the same car was taken on a 2,000-mile road trip from Colorado to Connecticut. The so-called Signet Surge phenomenon was present yet again. On top of oscillating charging speeds, broken or mislabeled electricity dispensers were another problem they faced.
There's nothing wrong with the Lucid Air. In fact, it's one of the best cars on sale today. It has its shortcomings regarding software, but Lucid didn't have 20 years to smooth everything out. Moreover, updates are possible via a simple over-the-air (OTA) push.
The issue lies with CCS-equipped fast-charging providers like Electrify America. And it's not just broken chargers or oscillating charging speeds but also weird errors like plugging in to get some electrons and someone else being billed for your session.
And you don't even have to believe us. Important automakers like Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Honda, Nissan, and even Rivian or Fisker didn't just wake up one day and decide they wanted to adopt Tesla's charging port (the NACS) and give the EV maker more customers. They did so because the non-Supercharger options were either unreliable or not available near where their customers lived, which could've seriously hurt their sales in the long run.
And how couldn't he? The two-row five-seater EV costs $79,990, qualifies for the EV tax credit, comes as standard with the tow package and Autopilot, and you can pick any paint you might want at no extra cost. Buying the Model X may have some fit-and-finish shortcomings sometimes, but you at least know that when charging at home is impossible, there won't be an issue with finding a working Supercharger.
Tesla did many questionable things and might still have some left in the pipeline, but what it does right is cars, software, and taking care of its high-power charging network.
Still, Electrify America is under new leadership and still has a chance at fixing everything before its brand reputation is damaged beyond repair.
Bye Bye Lucid. Amazing car. pic.twitter.com/xqtJGp5OoA— Out Of Spec Dave (@OutofSpecDave) September 21, 2023