Lucid Motors unveils a 1000bhp electric car
The Lucid Air is a brand new car about to hit the electric vehicle (EV) market. It’ll be capable of 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and a well-optioned model is set to retail at about $100,000.
With a smaller, more power-dense transmission and motor package, the car is already outdoing competitors. Both have been designed in-house to keep the parts of the drivetrain as a truly integrated system.
The battery has been in development for 10 years and is capable of 1000bhp. Even more impressive is its range of 400 miles, a rival even to Tesla. Additionally, a unique battery chemistry provides breakthrough tolerance to repeated fast charging. This means you can choose the quickest charging option every time without worry.
The rest of the car is efficient too and the headlights aren’t the usual LEDs you see on modern cars but they instead mimic insect eyes. Utilising thousands of micro-lenses, these headlights adapt to different driving situations, improving safety while reducing energy usage.
With no noisy engine to ruin your acoustic experience, the Lucid Air is a smart choice for any music lover. The 29-speaker audio system is complemented by an active noise cancelling cabin so road noise doesn’t interfere with your tunes.
The low centre of gravity on the car and an active suspension means the ride of the Air is, smooth and comfortable.
In the back, there’s first-class levels of luxury with special seats designed to make the ride as comfortable as possible, with plenty of leg room too.
The high-tech features list of the car is long but one of the most exciting parts is that the Air comes autonomous-ready. It’s packed full of sensors and safety systems that, with the right software updates, will make the car ready to travel autonomously. This is a fantastic piece of future-proofing that will mean the Lucid Air will stand the test of time.
We’re really excited to see how this car matches up to similar cars, such as the Tesla Model S, on the road.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.