American manufacturer of electric cars Lucid Motors, which, together with other large industry players call a “Tesla killer,” has built a plant in the desert of Arizona. The company is located 80 kilometers from the largest city in the state — Phoenix. Its area was 6.7 hectares. About it writes Bloomberg.
A U.S. startup funded by the Saudi Public investment Fund (Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, PIF). PIF investments in the project amounted to $ 1 billion. The post of General Director of the company is Peter Rawlinson (Peter Rawlinson) — a former employee of Tesla and the chief engineer of the Tesla Model S. the Vice-President of Lucid Motors is Peter Hochholdinger (Peter Hochholdinger), which in the past held in the company Elon musk the post of Vice-President for production at the Tesla factory in California.
Construction work on the factory Lucid Motors is fully completed, currently the company is engaged in installation of equipment. The first model of the electric vehicle under the name of Lucid Air, the company will descend from the conveyor to the end of 2020. It will cost about 100 thousand dollars. To deliver electric cars to customers will begin in 2021.
At the beginning of the Lucid Motors is going to produce tens of thousands of cars over time, however, production is scheduled to the capacity of 380 thousand units a year. It’s more than Tesla. California plant Elon musk in 2019 collected and delivered to the purchasers of 367.5 about thousands of electric cars. Lucid Motors is going to open showrooms in California and Florida in 2020, Chicago, new York, Washington and Europe in 2021-m.
Pandemic coronavirus almost did not stop the company’s plans to run the plant, the Agency said. Authorities of Arizona, in contrast to management of other States, did not stop construction work on its territory in the period of the epidemic. In addition, the company managed to resolve the issue with the supply of equipment. Guide Lucid Motors said that since mid-March, the company actually expanded: it has already hired 120 new employees and opened an additional 250 new jobs.
Other competitors, Tesla was not so lucky. Chinese startup Byton was forced to lay off half of workers in California and to delay the start of car Assembly in China. American company Rivian, despite serious support from investors like Amazon and Ford also postponed the start of production of their electric pickups.
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