Lucid Motors is planning to launch its first-ever model at the New York Auto Show in April. We have contacted Lucid to see if they are still planning on the reveal in New York City at the show.
In February, Lucid and LG Chem announced a partnership that ensures the battery cells necessary for volume production of standard versions of the Lucid Air for the next several years. The agreement allows Lucid to maintain relationships with other battery suppliers and consider the breadth of industry offerings for the cells powering special versions of the Lucid Air as well as future models.
The Silicon Valley-based manufacturer is using its own in-house technology to develop and produce Lucid Air, one of the world’s most advanced electric cars.
Groundbreaking occurred at the greenfield factory site in late 2019, and since that time there has been significant progress, with production of the Lucid Air expected to start on time in late 2020. This would mark a significant achievement for Lucid and a validation of the “just in time” philosophy it has leveraged for the Air’s development and production processes.
The steel structure is 70 percent finished, and we get closer to completion by an average of 2.5 percent each day.
We will use 67,400,000 pounds of concrete and 11,353,800 pounds of steel in 4,316 prefabricated pieces to build the factory.
In addition to its final interior and exterior designs, media at the New York Auto Show press conference will be given key details on the Air including production specifications, available configurations and pricing information.
Beta Prototype Testing
Lucid is currently building 80 beta prototypes of the Lucid Air at its Silicon Valley headquarters. Most of these cars — highly representative of the production Air — are designated for exhaustive testing. The company will produce video updates as it tunes software for traction and stability control, braking, and steering systems; perform body and chassis durability testing; and confirm crash simulations with actual tests.
Factory Construction and Tooling
Construction at Lucid Motors’ Casa Grande, AZ, factory is well underway. Most structural steel will be in place by the end of February. The company expects its first pre-production cars to roll off the line early in Q4 of 2020, with full production following that phase by the end of 2020.