CASA GRANDE — Construction of the Lucid Motors manufacturing plant in Casa Grande is on schedule and the company expects to be producing electric cars by the end of the year, officials say.
Company CEO Peter Rawlinson recently toured the 500-acre construction site at Thornton and Peters roads to view the progress of the Phase 1 construction.
The company said in a newsletter that the steel structure is 70% finished, and “we get closer to completion by an average of 2.5% each day.”
The company says it is using 67.4 million pounds of concrete and 11.3 million pounds of steel in 4,316 prefabricated pieces to build the $700 million facility.
The plant will employ about 745 people at first, then will expand to 2,000 employees at full build-out, plans say. The total economic benefit to the area is expected to be $32 billion over the next 20 years, according to Casa Grande city officials.
“This purpose-built factory will serve our needs precisely because — as with the Lucid Air itself — there were no constraints on designing it exactly as it should be,” said Rawlinson. “Seeing these vast, multistory structures rise according to plan confirms that we are indeed on track to begin production here later this year.”
The company expects to start building the Lucid Air model once the factory is complete. Assembly associates from Arizona are currently at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters building the production-representative beta prototypes, testing and refining processes that will enable a smooth transition once factory production begins.
“They will take everything they’ve learned about manufacturing the Lucid Air back to Casa Grande,” the company said.