Lucid Air Wins Motortrend 2022 Car of the Year

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The Lucid Air Dream Edition has been receiving glowing reviews, and with the electric vehicle’s (EV’s) first units officially delivering to customers last month at a Lucid Air launch event, one publication has named the sedan the Car of the Year.

Motortrend chose the Lucid Air as the 2022 Car of the Year, as shared in a report on Monday. The Lucid Air competed alongside several contenders, notably including the 2021 Porsche Taycan and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, among several others still.

The Lucid Air was awarded Car of the Year based on six criteria: engineering excellence, efficiency, advancement in design, performance of the intended function, safety and value.

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Regarding the EV’s engineering, the publication touted the Air’s well-designed and engineered electric powertrain, as well as the bi-directional “wunderbox” electronic controller managing the 900-volt electric system.

The report also discusses the Lucid Air’s efficiency, which has its Dream and Grand Touring variants able to drive 451 and 520 miles per charge, respectively.

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Meant to feel like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the inside and an E-Class on the outside, features editor Christian Seabaugh said of the vehicle’s design advancements, “[the Lucid Air includes] gorgeous-looking, purposeful, clean, classic lines that remind me of classic French cars from the ’60s.”

While data is lacking as for safety in real-world situations due to the car’s infancy, Motortrend also noted the vehicle’s 32 sensors which include 14 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and five radar sensors, as well as a high-resolution lidar sensor.

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Lucid Motors has the backing of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, as one of its major shareholders.

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