In a groundbreaking moment, Lucid Group officially opened Saudi Arabia’s first-ever car manufacturing facility in King Abdullah Economic City. This milestone marks the debut of Lucid’s second Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-2) and its inaugural international production site, poised to manufacture cutting-edge electric vehicles (EVs) for Saudi Arabia and export to other markets.
By advancing electric mobility, Lucid will help the Saudi Green Initiative achieve its goal of having 30% of new cars sold in the Kingdom be electric by the year 2030.
Commenting on the occasion, Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, of Lucid Group said:
“We are delighted to make history today in Saudi Arabia by opening the country’s first car manufacturing facility, which will produce our award-winning electric vehicles and support the country’s vision for a more sustainable and diversified economy.”
Rawlinson also revealed that “Customers are taking delivery of their Saudi-assembled Lucid vehicles as we speak,” signifying a significant leap forward for the company’s reach.
The semi-knocked-down assembly process at the AMP-2 factory has started, and it will be able to build 5,000 automobiles per year. In the first step, pre-fabricated Lucid Air vehicle “kits” are reassembled in Casa Grande, Arizona, at the company’s US AMP-1 Manufacturing Facility. After the middle of the decade, Lucid hopes to switch AMP-2 to complete build unit production, adding a further 150,000 cars to the annual capacity.
According to Faisal Sultan, vice president and managing director of Middle East, Lucid Group:
“The opening of our facility today marks the beginning of our production operations to assemble our world-class Lucid Air. AMP-2 in KAEC, in addition to our existing AMP-1 facility in Arizona, gives us the ability to efficiently fulfill the recently signed agreement with the government of Saudi Arabia to purchase up to 100,000 vehicles over a 10-year period, with an initial commitment to purchase 50,000 vehicles and an option to purchase up to an additional 50,000 vehicles over the same period.”
Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih said that this is not an ordinary factory. “It is a statement, a statement highlighting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitions, capabilities, and our resolute dedication to our future that is environmentally friendly, exciting, and innovative.”
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