An automotive qualified, 1200V Silicon Carbide XM3 Half-Bridge Power Module from Wolfspeed. (Photo: Business Wire)

Lucid Motors is integrating Wolfspeed’s SiC power devices into the Lucid Air

April 25, 2022

DURHAM, N.C.—Luxury electric car manufacturer Lucid Motors is deploying silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors from Wolfspeed, Inc., in the automaker’s high-performance, pure electric car, the Lucid Air, according to a release from Wolfspeed.

Wolfspeed entered into a multiyear agreement with Lucid in April to supply the silicon carbide power devices. The company manufactures the semiconductors at its newly opened Mohawk Valley Silicon Carbide fabrication facility in Marcy, New York.

“Lucid’s proprietary powertrain technology—engineered and produced in-house—is at the core of what makes Lucid Air the most advanced and most efficient luxury electric vehicle in the world,” said Eric Bach, senior vice president of product and chief engineer at Lucid, in the release. “With the perfect blend of high performance and high efficiency, Wolfspeed’s innovative Silicon Carbide MOSFET power semiconductors are an ideal fit for Lucid’s advanced technology.”

Wolfspeed’s state-of-the-art Mohawk Valley Fab, reported to be the largest silicon carbide fabrication facility in world, is expected to significantly expand production capacity for the company’s power devices. The Lucid-Wolfspeed partnership gives Lucid access to increased capacity to better support its long-term automotive production, according to the release.

“Lucid Motors is an emerging leader in not only electric vehicles, but the entire automotive industry,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Wolfspeed, in the release. “As the world advances towards an all-electric future for transportation, silicon carbide technology is at the forefront of the industry’s transition to EVs, enabling superior performance, range, and charge time. Our investment in the Mohawk Valley Fab ensures our customers, including Lucid, have access to the advanced products they need to deliver innovative solutions to the market.”

Lucid Air’s inverters feature Wolfspeed’s XM3 Silicon Carbide power modules. The XM3 power modules are reported to provide low switching losses, minimal resistance, and high power density, contributing to the efficiency and power density of Lucid’s 163-lb, 670-hp (74kg 500kW) electric motor.

Wolfspeed’s product families include silicon carbide materials, power devices, and RF devices for applications that include electric vehicles, fast charging, 5G, renewable energy and storage, and aerospace and defense.

Wolfspeed® is a registered trademark of Wolfspeed, Inc.

 

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