You won’t find any of Lucid’s models on a list of
budget electric cars, but that doesn’t mean the company’s arrival isn’t good news for average Americans.
Just last month, Lucid announced the start of production of the Lucid Air electric sedan at its $700 million manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The first customer-quality vehicles are ready to go, and it’s hoped the factory will boost the region’s economy and create thousands of new jobs.
A big boost for the local economy
InsideEVsreports that Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey, attended a ceremony at Lucid’s Casa Grande factory at the end of September. He was there to witness the first Lucid Air luxury sedans as they rolled off the assembly line.
Ducey’s presence demonstrates what a big deal the Lucid plant is for the surrounding economy. He has spoken openly about Lucid’s potential for job creation and economic development in a traditionally rural part of the state.
Arizona has projected Lucid’s manufacturing facilities will bring in a staggering $9 billion per year by 2024, as well as 15,000 full time jobs.
It is important to note that these figures include “direct, indirect, and induced” impact (meaning a restaurant opening to feed the workers is included in the calculations), but still, economic growth is economic growth!
Lucid’s first customer deliveries expected soon
Lucid has already accepted payment for 520 units of its Lucid Air - Dream Edition. This number was chosen to match the EPA range of 520 miles, which surpasses every other market-ready EV by at least 100 miles.
Those deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of this month, which is good news for 13,000 other individuals who have added their names to a waitlist.
The company will now ramp up operations in order to meet demand, and will also begin production of the Grand Touring, Touring, and Air Pure versions of the car.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition has a base price of $169,000 and a destination charge of $1,500, so you won’t see many of them on the road, but it's a welcome addition to the list of luxury EVs available to American drivers.