Just one year after beginning construction, Lucid Motors has completed phase one of its Pinal County project and is anticipating a spring rollout for its first vehicles. The manufacturing facility is opening four years after its announcement date. The electric vehicle manufacturer appears primed and ready to roll out. Here is more on Lucid Motors’ completion of phase one of its Pinal County development.
Lucid Motors in Arizona
According to a recent report, Arizona competed against twelve other states to win the Lucid Motors Plant. Today, Lucid continues to hire new employees and is anticipated to recruit from Maricopa County to staff its manufacturing facility in the future.
The Pinal County Site
The company indicated that it had several reasons for choosing the Pinal County site for its state-of-the-art facility. According to Lucid, the area?s talent, infrastructure, geographic location, and pre-existing automotive supply chain were all important contributing factors. The space also allowed for the company?s large presence and planned expansion.
Lucid?s Four-Phase Planned Expansion
According to reports, Lucid intent is to expand in four phases through 2028. During that time, the company intends to increase the factory’s square footage from its current 999,000 square feet to 5.1 million square feet.? Lucid?s ultimate goal is for the Lucid AMP-1 (Advanced Manufacturing Plant) to have an outward capacity of up to 400,000 units per year.
Peter Hochholdinger, vice president of manufacturing for Lucid Motors, commented about the project that ?In building this factory, we adhered to several important manufacturing philosophies, including the tenets of ?Future Ready? and ?On Time,? together which have allowed us to effectively manage our investment and build a brand-new factory from the ground up,? Hochholdinger also said, ?As we add new platforms and vehicles to our line-up, the planning that went into this facility ensures that we will always be able to keep up with growing customer demand for advanced electric vehicles.?
The new factory has the commissioning of production equipment and processes underway ahead of schedule for the start of production of the Lucid Air in spring 2021. Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Motors, said, “We broke ground on the 590-acre Lucid AMP-1 site in Casa Grande, Arizona, on December 2, 2019, and slightly less than a year later, we have completed the first purpose-built EV factory in North America,” Rawlison also said, “The effort and agility demonstrated by this team is truly astounding, as we’re already commissioning equipment compatible with the Lucid manufacturing system to start production of the next-generation EV, the Lucid Air, in just a few months.”
According to a recent report, Lucid?s AMP-1 facility is North America?s? first ?greenfield, dedicated electric vehicle factory.? ?The facility is designed to allow for additional phases of expansion at the site. Lucid?s next phase is anticipated to begin this year to enable future production of Project Gravity, the brand?s first SUV, in 2023.
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