Lucid Motors completes construction of the first all-new electric vehicle plant in North America. The tuning process is underway, for the Lucid Air to start production in spring 2021

3 December 2020

Lucid Motors, which is setting new standards for sustainable mobility with its advanced luxury electric vehicles, today announced the completion of the first phase of construction of the new AMP-1 plant. (Advanced Manufacturing Plant) in Casa Grande, Arizona , with the set-up of equipment and production processes already underway, anticipating the start of production of the Lucid Air in the spring of 2021. As the The first all-new EV-only plant developed in North America, Lucid's innovative AMP-1 was designed to be future-proof and allow for additional expansion phases, the next of which is scheduled to begin in early 2021, which will enable future production of the brand's first SUV in 2023, under the name Project Gravity.

"We began construction on the 239-hectare (590-acre) AMP-1 site in Casa Grande, Arizona , on December 2, 2019, and a little less than a year later we have completed the first expressly designed production facility. of electric vehicles in North America, "said Peter Rawlinson , chief executive officer and chief technology officer for Lucid Motors. "The effort and agility shown by this team is truly amazing, as we are already fine-tuning the equipment compatible with the Lucid manufacturing system, to begin production of the next generation VE , Lucid Air, in just a few months." .

As part of the plant overhaul, which tests Lucid's innovative production processes and state-of-the-art equipment, the company has already assembled its full beta testing prototype fleet and is now transitioning to construction of a final series of production-ready versions of the Lucid Air. Lucid's manufacturing system adopts advanced processes such as a riveted and welded monocoque body, which replaces spot welding and is inspired by aircraft, giving the Lucid Air state-of-the-art structural efficiency. Custom production vehicles to begin rolling off the Arizona assembly linein spring 2021, with an initial capacity of up to 30,000 units per year to supply global markets, starting with North America. These vehicles will initially be Lucid Air Dream editions, quickly followed by the Grand Touring and Touring models. At the beginning of 2022 the Lucid Air Pure joins the line, available from USD 69,900 [1].

Arizona terrainIt was selected for a number of reasons, including infrastructure, talent, geographic location, and the existing automotive supply chain, as well as because it also offered space for a large site and planned extensions, as key areas of the plant were designed intentionally with future expansion in mind. Among them are a state-of-the-art water-based paint shop, designed to adapt to the demands of the future, with the necessary space and specialized infrastructure so that it can be expanded to meet the needs of the next phases of the production plant. . In total, four phases are planned until 2028, which will bring the total area of ​​the plant from its current 92,800 square meters (999,000 square feet) to 473,800 square meters (5, 1 million square feet). In its final form, the AMP-1's production capacity will be up to 400,000 units per year.

"In building this plant we adhere to several important production philosophies, including the 'ready for the future' and 'on time' principles, which have allowed us to effectively manage our investment and build a totally new plant from scratch. "said Peter Hochholdinger, Lucid Motors vice president of production. "As we introduce new platforms and vehicles to our line, the planning that was carried out for these facilities ensures that we can always meet the growing demand from customers for our advanced electric vehicles."

About Lucid Motors Lucid's
mission is to foster the adoption of sustainable transportation by creating the most engaging electric vehicles focused on the human experience. Lucid Air, the company's first model, is an innovative high-end sedan with a California- inspired design backed by race-proven technology. With a luxurious interior and occupying the exterior space of a midsize vehicle, some Air models have a projected range of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles), and go from 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 60 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds.

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