The 2022 Lucid Air is the ultimate Tesla rival | Source: Auto Evolution

Model S vs Lucid Air: Tesla’s Rival Wins 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year

Described as “Tesla’s living nightmare” the Lucid Air is already racking up the accolades.

The first EV from Californian electric vehicle company, Lucid Motors founded in 2007, was announced as MotorTrend’s ‘2022 Car of the Year’ in November. The win marks the first time the initial product from a new automotive company has been awarded MotorTrend’s flagship ‘Car of the Year’ award.

The luxury electric sedan beat out 24 competitors from major manufacturers with Lucid Group’s CEO/CTO Peter Rawlinson saying it proves just how good quality the car is.

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

More recently in December, the Lucid Air also became a Green Car Reports, ‘Best car to buy’ finalist.

The luxury Lucid Air, that’s billed as Tesla’s greatest rival, delivers both an ‘industry-leading 800+ kilometres of range’ that beats the Tesla Model S and offers 1,111 hp, that’s more impressive than the Tesla Plaid.

Illustration by Briana Murphy for The Market Herald

Under the hood, the Lucid Air’s EV powertrain technology is entirely developed and manufactured in-house. The range-topping model, the ‘Dream Edition’ has a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive transmission that reaches an EPA combined range of 837 km. The longest the Tesla Model S has clocked is 647km.

The Lucid Air trumps the Tesla in terms of range replenishing rate. The Lucid Air is more efficient and charges at higher power meaning more kilometres are replenished per time unit. The Lucid Air’s average in 20-80 per cent SOC window is 18.2 km/min, compared to 15.2 km/min for the Tesla Model S – the Lucid Air replenishes range some 20 per cent quicker.

Lucid Air interior
Lucid Air Platform
Source: Green Car Reports

Performance-wise the two electric cars are on a fairly even level. For both, 0-100km/h is accomplished in roughly 2.5 seconds. The Lucid Air’s top speed is limited to 320km/h compared to the Tesla Model S’ 260km/h.

The prices of the luxury electric sedans are a mixed bag depending on the specific model. The 2022 Lucid Air enters the market at around A$108,340 for the entry-level ‘Pure’ model. Tesla’s base 2022 Model S will cost customers around A$132,960.

Lucid’s top-of-the-range ‘Dream Edition’ is priced around A$236,550 compared with the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid starting from A$181,948.

While still, a startup Lucid Motors is already a big business name valued at more than stalwart car companies Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Honda, or Volvo. After becoming a publicly traded company in July and collecting A$6.3 billion in capital, Lucid Motors has a market cap of A$87.6 billion as of December.

The first customer deliveries of the Lucid Air began last month in the US however it might be a difficult task getting your hands on one in Australia. The American company has no current plans to sell cars in Australia with a spokesperson for the company saying “We don’t have a timeline yet for right-hand-drive markets, like Australia.”

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