CASA GRANDE, Ariz.—Lucid Motors kicked off construction of its electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande with a “ground-building” ceremony last December that included Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and local officials. The first phase of factory construction, representing an investment of over $300 million, is scheduled for completion in late 2020 in readiness for the start of production of Lucid’s first car, the Lucid Air luxury sedan.
Lucid (https://lucidmotors.com/) designated the event a “ground-building” ceremony to signify its long-term commitment to the region. The company said the ceremony celebrated not only the start of construction but also Lucid’s plan for continuous growth and future products.
“The Lucid Air is a cutting-edge electric vehicle designed, engineered, and destined for manufacture entirely in America,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors, in a 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.”
Lucid Motors’ factory in Arizona is expected to lead to approximately 4,800 direct and indirect jobs by 2029 and an estimated $32 billion revenue impact for Casa Grande and Pinal County over a 20-year period, the company said in the release.
“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,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “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 chose the Casa Grande, Arizona, location for its factory after an extensive search across 13 states and more than 60 sites. The company said it selected Arizona based upon numerous positive factors, including business climate, infrastructure, talent, geographic location, and the automotive supply chain in the Arizona-Sonora region.
“We are pleased that a company on the cutting edge of technology and innovation such as Lucid chose to build their manufacturing facility in Casa Grande,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “Not only will Lucid bring thousands of good paying jobs to the area, but it also anchors our efforts to attract additional high-tech businesses to the region and develop a highly skilled workforce for advanced manufacturing.”