Lucid Motors Files Plans for Arizona Factory

Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors Inc. has formalized plans with local authorities to construct its $675 million manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., The Verge reports.

Groundbreaking at the 500-acre site, which has been delayed several times, now is expected to take place by year-end. Lucid says it will launch production at the facility by the end of 2020.

The initial factory will encompass 82,000 sq-ft and employ about 750 people, according to plans filed with the city planning department. Lucid aims to eventually expand the facility to 21 million sq-ft with capacity to build 130,000 EVs per year. The carmaker agreed to lease the site from the county for $1.8 million per year.

This summer Lucid hired Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of manufacturing. Hochholdinger previously was a production manager for Tesla and Audi.

Lucid’s says its five-passenger Air electric sedan will have a range of more than 400 miles and a top speed of about 200 mph.