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The intro from Motor Trend's Frank Markus:
Automotive progress usually happens in baby steps. Slowly, like a white oak sapling growing in a forest. But every now and then a new car jumps off the automotive forest floor like a rainbow eucalyptus, advancing like crazy while making a colorful splash. The Air sedan from startup EV-maker Lucid is just such a car, and its level of innovation and sophistication are as fresh and unexpected as multicolored tree bark.
 

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The intro from Motor Trend's Frank Markus:
Automotive progress usually happens in baby steps. Slowly, like a white oak sapling growing in a forest. But every now and then a new car jumps off the automotive forest floor like a rainbow eucalyptus, advancing like crazy while making a colorful splash. The Air sedan from startup EV-maker Lucid is just such a car, and its level of innovation and sophistication are as fresh and unexpected as multicolored tree bark.
Man, I wish I was a wordsmith like Frank.
 

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So now two Motor Trend Cars of the Year have been engineered under the direction of Peter Rawlinson: the Tesla Model S (2013 COTY) and the Lucid Air.

This Musk/Rawlinson scenario parallels that between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison got all the fame and glory, some of it built on Tesla's early work for Edison, while Tesla marched more quietly onward, always pushing the limits of technology.

Peter Rawlinson deserves his own place in the automotive history books, and let's hope he gets it on a more timely basis than did Nikola Tesla.
 

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So now two Motor Trend Cars of the Year have been engineered under the direction of Peter Rawlinson: the Tesla Model S (2013 COTY) and the Lucid Air.

This Musk/Rawlinson scenario parallels that between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison got all the fame and glory, some of it built on Tesla's early work for Edison, while Tesla marched more quietly onward, always pushing the limits of technology.

Peter Rawlinson deserves his own place in the automotive history books, and let's hope he gets it on a more timely basis than did Nikola Tesla.
Nicely put, let’s hope Rawlinson does not wind up like Tesla( the man) who died broke and obscure after relinquishing his patents to Westinhouse so AC electrification of the country could move forward.
 

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Ps I won’t even go into the screwing over that Tesla got at the hands of Marconi regarding radio transmission. Tesla eventually prevailed in court but it was far to late
 

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Nicely put, let’s hope Rawlinson does not wind up like Tesla( the man) who died broke and obscure after relinquishing his patents to Westinhouse so AC electrification of the country could move forward.
I don't know how obscurely Rawlinson will die, but I think there's little risk of his dying broke. He dials back the pure genius of Nikola Tesla, but he's showing a lot more business acumen.

Unlike many of the fortunes created by the hocus-pocus of financial engineering, I think the fortunes the senior technical team at Lucid stand to make are richly deserved.
 

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Awesome news for Lucid! Glad to see they're getting more awards like this. Here's the full article if anyone's interested.


The Lucid Air did not instantly win all of our hearts. Many judges expressed dire concern that if Lucid fails to rectify the many wonky quirks our prototype suffered, the brand and car could go down in history as a 21st century Tucker or Chevy Vega. Some older judges assuaged these fears by highlighting the many similarities between this car and company and the Tesla we awarded in 2013. In the long run, we believe electric vehicles are the way forward for cars and mobility, and the way forward for electric vehicles is continuous improvement of electric batteries, motors, and charging. That's why the great looking, strong performing, tech-leapfrogging Lucid Air is MotorTrend's 2022 Car of the Year.
 
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