Lucid Motors, a Chinese-backed American company that was previously called Atieva, has announced that it will build its first production electric vehicle at a factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The company said after the announcement: “We are excited to be joining the Phoenix metropolitan area community, which Fortune Magazine recently declared the hottest location for automotive technology. We worked in the spirit of collaboration and understanding with many state and local officials to bring this plan together.”
The Lucid factory programme will be headed up by the company’s director of manufacturing, Brian Barron. Barron brings with him experience from working for BMW for 18 years, where he ended up working as a plant manager for one of its German sites.
Lucid’s first model is set for production in 2018 and has been previewed with a camouflaged prototype, pictures of which were posted onto the car maker's Twitter page. It is described as a luxury vehicle that “redefines the automotive experience for both driver and passenger” by its maker.