Lucid’s first EV earns coveted award, recognizing Lucid Air’s unrivaled combination of efficiency, performance, and luxury with EV powertrain technology developed and manufactured entirely in-house
- Lucid Air awarded MotorTrend’s Car of the Year against a formidable field of 24 competitors from major manufacturers
- The win marks the first time that the initial product from a new automotive company has been awarded MotorTrend’s flagship Car of the Year award
- Designed in Silicon Valley and produced in Arizona, Lucid delivers an industry-leading 500+ miles of range from Lucid’s proprietary powertrain technology, which is designed and built in-house
- Announcement follows the start of customer deliveries for the fully-reserved Lucid Air Dream Edition
NEWARK, CA — MotorTrend announced today that the Lucid Air has won the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year, the first instance in which the initial product from a new automotive brand has been awarded the “Golden Calipers.”
MotorTrend’s Car of the Year award is considered one of the most prestigious in the automotive industry. The win affirms Lucid Air as the new EV benchmark, with the most advanced electric powertrain available today—technology wholly designed, developed, and manufactured in-house.
“Earning this coveted distinction for Lucid Air, our very first car, is a resounding endorsement of our ability to deliver the most advanced electric vehicles in the world,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO/CTO, Lucid Group (NASDAQ: LCID). “Our objective of achieving range through efficiency and technical innovation is crystallized in Lucid, and we’re elated that this effort has been recognized by MotorTrend against such formidable competition from well-established automakers.”
MotorTrend Car of the Year judges evaluated six key criteria for Car of the Year, with Lucid Air excelling at each: efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, and performance of the intended function. The Lucid Air was evaluated side by side with 24 highly-regarded vehicles, coming out on top against finalists that included the Mercedes‑Benz S-Class, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Porsche Taycan, Honda Civic, and many more.
“With the longest driving range of any electric vehicle on the market, an EPA estimated 520 miles, and over 1,100 horsepower available, the Lucid Air is a technological tour de force,” said MotorTrend Group Head of Editorial, Ed Loh. “The sleek futuristic Lucid Air sedan looks like nothing else on the road, while its gorgeous, smartly-packaged interior sets the standard for the next generation of luxury cars. Against our award’s criteria, there could be no doubt—the Lucid Air is MotorTrend’s 2022 Car of the Year.”
Lucid recently started customer deliveries of Lucid Air, an EV with a revolutionary approach to automotive layout and engineering packaging that capitalizes on the miniaturization of Lucid’s in-house developed EV powertrain and battery pack. The result is a large and luxurious interior cabin within a beautiful, streamlined exterior design along with a relatively compact footprint.
The optimization of efficiency is exemplified across the Lucid model lineup, which includes the longest-range electric vehicle ever rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range. Lucid recently announced that with a 118kWh battery pack, it delivers 4.4 miles per kWh when equipped with 19” wheels, a mark surpassed only by another version of Lucid Air, the Grand Touring, which features a 112kWh battery pack and achieves 4.6 miles per kWh. The Dream Edition Performance model offers 1,111 horsepower, and Lucid’s testing indicates a 0-60 mph time of just 2.42 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 9.67 seconds (with the 21” wheels and tire package)—while still capable of an EPA-estimated 471 miles of range (with the 19” wheel and tire package).