Of the electric vehicle startups that are attempting to match Tesla's formula for success, Lucid Motors remains the one to most quietly impress us. Compared to the elegant-but-conventional Tesla Model S and the Homer-like Faraday Future FF91, Lucid's Air is a refreshing take on what a car designer can do starting with a clean sheet of paper and no internal combustion engine powertrain to worry about.
From the outside, the Lucid Air is about the same size as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class—a fitting target given the Air's intended price starts at $60,000. But clever packaging means the interior is as voluminous as an S-Class, something shown to good effect by the (optional) reclining rear seats. The car's exterior styling is also refreshingly different. Perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise, given its designer; before working at Lucid, Derek Jenkins was also responsible for the latest generation of Mazda Miata and Audi's innovative A2.