Lucid Motors breaks ground on electric vehicle manufacturing facility

Construction has begun on Lucid Motors’ electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Arizona.

The first phase of the $300 million construction project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, when Lucid is expected to build its first car, the Lucid Air luxury sedan, according to a new release from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

Lucid is expected to create 2,000 direct jobs at the facility by the mid-2020s.

“Attracting a high-tech automotive manufacturer like Lucid Motors to Arizona is a testament to the talent, business environment, and geographic location our state has to offer innovative companies to help them succeed,” Ducey said in the news release. “I congratulate Lucid Motors, Casa Grande, and Pinal County on achieving this milestone and look forward to seeing the first vehicles roll off the production line.”

Lucid said chose Casa Grande because of Arizona’s pro-business climate, infrastructure, workforce, geographic location and the automotive supply chain in the Arizona-Sonora region.

“The Lucid Air is a cutting-edge electric vehicle designed, engineered, and destined for manufacture entirely in America,” Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson said in the news release. “We are proud to be moving forward on our commitment to manufacturing the Lucid Air in Casa Grande. With supportive investors, an outstanding team of designers and engineers, and a product strategy that extends well beyond the Air, we expect today to be just the start of a longstanding presence in this dynamic city.”

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