July 20, 2024

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Lucid Motors conserved cash on its new plant

Startup Lucid Motors is developing the initial phase of a $one billion assembly plant around Phoenix, with other phases coming quickly. Mike Boike, Lucid director of manufacturing, spoke with Los Angeles reporter Laurence Iliff.

Q: What are the following phases on plant development?

A: We have completed up phase a single and we have got take a look at [vehicle] bodies heading by way of the manufacturing facility now, with the begin of generation coming later this yr. Proper now, we’re really finishing engineering on phase two. We plan later this yr to break floor on phase two by now, with completion in 2023.

What does the following phase search like?

We at first planned to do 50,000 models with phase two. As we have developed and completed our marketplace investigation and Lucid has come to be additional well-known, we made a decision 50,000 was not heading to be enough. So, we experienced to grow to ninety,000.

How a lot of people today will operate at the manufacturing facility underneath phase a single?

We experienced approximated about 750 work for phase a single. By the close of this yr, with the quantity of information we have made a decision to bring in-dwelling, we are heading to have about one,500 people today hired here by the close of the yr.

Does that improve in work appear from your vertical integration, this sort of as developing your own battery packs?

The charger, the inverter, the motors, the battery modules, the battery packs — carrying out all that operate in-dwelling is a competitive gain in our intellect, and we want to manage that excellent.