Lucid Air Incredibly Wins MotorTrend’s ‘2022 Auto of the Year’ Award

A Lucid Air Grand Touring electric powered luxury motor vehicle is exhibited at the Lucid Motors Inc. studio and company centre on February 25, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP through Getty Images

A new electric powered auto that has hardly strike the road was just rated the most effective auto of 2022 by MotorTrend. The winner of the magazine’s “2022 Auto of the Year” award, a extremely coveted recognition in the vehicle marketplace, is Lucid Air, manufactured by Silicon Valley startup Lucid Motors.

The last electric auto to get this award was Tesla’s Model S in 2013.

MotorTrend ranks vehicles according to six important conditions: style and design progression, engineering excellence, efficiency, effectiveness of supposed function, basic safety and worth. Whilst info on the last two metrics are lacking for new vehicles, Lucid Air scored so high in the other 4 types that it edged out six other finalists, which includes the Mercedes-Benz EQS and Porsche Taycan.

The original Lucid Air Desire and Grand Touring designs will produce 451-520 miles of selection from a battery capacity of just 118kWh and 112 kWh, respectively. “Lucid is squeezing a extraordinary number of miles from just about every kilowatt-hour in this S-Course-aggressive luxury sedan,” MotorTrend editors wrote on Monday.

The magazine also highlighted Lucid Air’s superior efficiency, calculated by miles for every gallon of gasoline-equivalent (mpg-e) for electric cars. The Air has EPA rankings that vary from 111-131 mpg-e, better than similar designs such as Tesla Product S (96-120 mpg-e), Audi E-tron GT and Porsche Taycan (70-79 mpg-e). The Mercedes EQS is not still rated.

Lucid Motors went general public on Nasdaq in July by a SPAC merger and raised $4.5 billion in fresh new cash. The business originally wished to begin offering the Air in 2018, but generation was delayed thanks to a cash squeeze. It delivered out the first Air, a start version called Aspiration Edition, just two months back, on October 30.

The Desire Edition, setting up at $169,000 prior to incentives, is the superior-close version of the Air. The much more economical Air Grand Touring, beginning at $139,000, will commence rollout subsequent year, followed by an even less expensive edition termed Air Pure, which starts off at $77,400.

Below is a table comparing specs of distinct Air designs compiled by InsideEVs.

Acknowledging that Lucid Air is a new motor vehicle, MotorTrend stated it “did not immediately earn all of our hearts.”

“Many judges expressed dire problem that if Lucid fails to rectify the quite a few wonky quirks our prototype endured, the brand name and car could go down in history as a 21st century Tucker or Chevy Vega,” wrote the editors. “Some more mature judges assuaged these fears by highlighting the lots of similarities in between this automobile and firm and the Tesla we awarded in 2013.”

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