Lucid Motors completes construction of its first EV factory in Arizona

Lucid EV factory

Nearly a year after construction first began, Lucid Motors has announced it has completed the construction of its first electric vehicle (EV) factory.

Located in Casa Grande, Arizona, the $700 million factory has now entered the commissioning process in preparation to begin producing the Lucid Air in the spring. Known as Lucid-AMP-1 (Advanced Manufacturing Plant), the automaker says it is the first greenfield, dedicated EV factory to be built in North America.

This milestone is just for the first phase of the factory, and covers 999,000 square feet. Lucid plans to add several more phases, with the next scheduled to begin construction in early 2021. By 2028, the automaker says the EV factory will cover more than 5 million square feet.

When the factory begins production of the Lucid Air in the spring, it will have the capacity to produce 30,000 vehicles per year. By the time the additional phases have been built, capacity will increase to 400,000 vehicles per year.

Lucid EV factory inside

Lucid unveiled their first EV, the Air, to much fanfare this September. The Air will come in 4 different variants, with the most expensive Dream Edition arriving first in spring 2021 at a price of $169,000 USD ($218,700 CAD).

The mid-level Air Grand Touring will ship in mid-2021 with a price of $131,500 USD ($170,000 CAD), while the Air Touring will arrive in late 2021 at $95,000 USD ($123,000 CAD).

The base model Air Pure will be shipped in 2022 with a $69,900 USD ($91,900 CAD) price tag, after deducing the US $7,500 tax credit.