Now that Lucid Motors has completed the first phase of its Casa Grande factory, it’s moving forward with its workforce of 400-plus employees to assemble production models of its first luxury electric vehicle, with deliveries of consumer vehicles expected to begin in April.
The facility, known as Lucid AMP-1 for “advanced manufacturing plant,” has begun making “production representatives” for the Lucid Air Dream Edition, projected to have the longest per-charge range of any electric vehicle (EV) on the market at more than 450 miles. These will be followed by the customer-ordered cars to be delivered in the spring.
AMP-1 was completed Dec. 1, 2020, 365 days (including Feb. 29) after the groundbreaking ceremony that attracted Gov. Doug Ducey and other dignitaries. Over that time, residents have watched the steel skeleton rise on the 590-acre site at Thornton and Peters roads, framed with a white exterior and filled with futuristic robotic equipment.
“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,” Lucid CEO and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rawlinson said in a press release.
The $300-million project is the first all-new, dedicated electric vehicle production facility built in the United States and Arizona’s first-ever auto factory.
Everything is ramping up to produce the Lucid Air Dream Edition, which sells for $161,500 and has a host of luxury features including a 34-inch control panel sweeping around the driver, massage-capable seats and up to 32 sensors allowing the advanced driver assistance system to make safety-related decisions in a split second.
Customers get the chance to design their own vehicle at www.lucidmotors.com by choosing paint schemes, a glass panel roof, level of included hardware and more.
The Dream Editions will be followed by the progressively more affordable Grand Touring (this summer) and Touring (late 2021) models. The Lucid Air Pure, retailing at $69,900, is expected to arrive in 2022.
The company is already working on Phase 2, which will begin early this year for its luxury SUV, now known as “Project Gravity,” when it begins in 2023. A total of four phases are planned through 2028 in the “future-ready” facility, at which point annual capacity at AMP-1 will be 400,000 vehicles per year.
Lucid said it will be hiring hundreds more workers for the Casa Grande plant this year, and is posting available jobs at www.lucidmotors.com/careers