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Thoughts on Sun Control

hmp10

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Seeing Derek Jenkins wearing a baseball cap while driving the Air in Florida has left me musing about sun control in the car. When I first saw the new sun visor design, I assumed there was a full panel glued to the windshield so that when you dropped the visor down you would roughly double the surface area providing sun blocking. That turned out not to be the case. So we are left with a situation where the area from which you can block direct sun glare is no larger than the visor itself. When driving into late-afternoon sun that leaves you with very limited ability to deal with the changing location of the sun relative to the windshield as the car moves.

It seems to me there would be several ways in which this situation could be improved.

One would be the fixed panel behind the visor that I first mentioned.

Another would be to use a "butterfly" visor of two hinged panels so that you could double the size of the visor by unfolding it.

Yet another would be to incorporate a rigid slide-out panel into the visor that could be used to almost double its surface area when needed. A variation of this would be to use two slide-out panels, one pulling down from the visor and one pulling up.

None of these approaches would significantly change the look of the visor or the canopy when the visor is in its stored position.

Having seen a video showing the power-operated side window sun screens in the rear doors, I'm wondering whether the front doors have a similar mechanism. ( can see no reason why they couldn't.

I have a feeling there will soon be an aftermarket for pop-in mesh panels for parts of the glass canopy and for clip-on visor extenders. For a car in the price range of the Lucid Air, that seems odd.
 

Lucken

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Valid concerns. For me, assuming I stay with the Pure, these shouldn’t be issues beyond that of a conventional car windshield. My tendency, with every car I’ve owned, is to use the sunshade to cover the sunroof. I’m currently doing that with my Audi e-Tron, despite the large, front to rear, canopy glass. If I had the ability to delete sunroofs when ordering my previous cars, I would have done so.

This was one of the reasons I put a deposit down for the Pure. Although the look of the full canopy glass is certainly striking, it’s not something I need or would actually use.
 

Jivor

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Living in Florida, this is a real concern for me. I love look of full glass obviously, but late and early day driving may be problematic, as well as the heat. I talked with a sales person who currently owns a Model Y with a glass roof and he had his tinted because of the greater sun exposure. I'm not a fan of baseball caps. I am interested to see real world reviews and how Lucid's roof compares to other glass roofs despite the UV/IR tempering.
 

hmp10

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My brother has a Tesla Model 3 in Atlanta. He keeps the pop-in sun mesh installed year round. I'm probably going to do the same with my Rivian R1S, which has a glass roof framed on all four sides. I'm hoping that some aftermarket supplier will figure out how to mount mesh screens in the Lucid. It should be relatively simple for the rear glass panel, but the front will be tricky.
 
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