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  • MotorTrend on Monday named the luxury Lucid Air sedan the 2022 Car of the Year.
  • The EV beat out 24 worthy finalists, including the electric Mercedes-Benz EQS and the electric Porsche Taycan, to take home the “Golden Calipers.”
  • The Air boasts the longest driving range of any electric vehicle on the market, with an EPA-rated range of 520 miles and more than 1,100 available horsepower.

The first car model produced by California-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Lucid has already won a prestigious award. 

MotorTrend on Monday named the luxury Lucid Air sedan the 2022 Car of the Year. The EV beat out 24 worthy finalists, including the electric Mercedes-Benz EQS and the electric Porsche Taycan, to take home the “Golden Calipers.” 

MotorTrend judges vehicles across six criteria: safety, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency and performance of intended function. 

The Air boasts the longest driving range of any electric vehicle on the market, with an EPA-rated range of 520 miles and more than 1,100 horsepower available. 


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It’s the first time a car maker has won the award with its first car model. 

“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,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson said in a release

“Our objective of achieving range through efficiency and technical innovation is crystallized in Lucid Air, and we’re elated that this effort has been recognized by MotorTrend against such formidable competition from well-established automakers,” Rawlinson said. 

Lucid in September kicked off production of Air vehicles at its factory in Casa Grande, Ariz., and began customer deliveries of its Air Dream Edition — priced at $169,000 — in October. Rawlinson has previously said the company plans to release the less expensive Air Pure with a price tag of $77,400 late next year.


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Published on Nov 15, 2021