Lucid Air Restricted Meeting In Saudi Arabia To Begin In September

Lucid Group introduced its second-quarter monetary outcomes yesterday and offered some updates on its plans in the course of the earnings name. 

The EV startup’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, mentioned the corporate’s first abroad plant in Saudi Arabia is predicted to begin restricted manufacturing of Lucid Air EVs in September.

Building on the AMP-2 plant situated in King Abdullah Financial Metropolis solely began a yr in the past and the power continues to be beneath building, however Rawlinson mentioned Lucid will begin sending partially assembled automobiles from the US to the Saudi Arabia facility that can end the manufacturing course of.

The brand new plant will obtain all of the components of the Lucid Air from the AMP-1 manufacturing unit in Casa Grande, Arizona, and can assemble the automobiles regionally, the manager mentioned in keeping with Automotive Information.

“Building of Lucid’s new manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia is properly underway, with automobile re-assembly operations anticipated to start in September 2023. At its peak, we anticipate to fabricate as much as 155,000 automobiles per yr on the facility.”

Lucid Q2 2023 earnings name presentation

Thoughts you, when the Saudi Arabia plant was first introduced in March 2022, Lucid mentioned it will be totally accomplished in 2025.

Lucid Group's future AMP-2 manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia

Rendering of Lucid Group’s future AMP-2 manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia

In the course of the earnings name, Rawlinson additionally revealed that Lucid finalized the acquisition settlement with the Authorities of Saudi Arabia. The primary Lucid Air deliveries to the federal government look set to happen earlier than the tip of the yr.

“We’re on monitor to execute on deliveries beneath the acquisition settlement with the federal government of Saudi Arabia, and up to now I am happy with shopper and authorities demand.”

The deal for 50,000 automobiles with the choice to buy an extra 50,000 was first introduced in April 2022. 

The Saudi Arabian authorities via its Public Funding Fund (PIF) is Lucid Group’s majority stakeholder with 60.5 p.c of shares. 

The nation’s sovereign wealth fund elevated its stake in Lucid not too long ago via an fairness providing that introduced the EV startup a complete of $3 billion – $1.8 billion of which got here from PIF affiliate Ayar Third Funding Firm.

Lucid opened its first retailer within the Center East in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh in October 2022 and began delivering US-built Air EVs to prospects within the nation in June 2023.