CASA GRANDE — Lucid Motors has started installing the equipment for the assembly line for its electric luxury sedan at its new manufacturing plant in Casa Grande.

“Our team of automotive experts and industry partners have started installing the main line in the “Body in White” shop along with the large dip tanks required for the painting process,” said Mike Boike, the director of manufacturing and head of Arizona operations.

According to Lucid’s website, the installation involved the first of nine shipments from Japan of manufacturing equipment and robots that will be used in the plant to build the Lucid Air sedan. More equipment is being shipped and due to arrive on schedule to get the plant on Casa Grande’s southwest side up and running before the end of the year.

“Despite the many hurdles due to COVID-19, we remain on schedule to start up our equipment according to schedule,” Boike said.

The main structure of the company’s manufacturing plant is complete and the siding is being attached, he said. Inside the building, the environmental controls, plumbing and electrical work are being installed and are on schedule for the company to start manufacturing “preproduction units” by the fall, Boike said.

Lucid is hoping to start producing the first finished “customer units” of the Air at the start of next year, he said.

Lucid is also working with Central Arizona College, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Pinal County and the city of Casa Grande on the Arizona Advanced Technology Network’s plans to build a new 13,000-square-foot training facility at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus for all advanced technical manufacturing employers in the area.

The plant is expected to create 2,000 new jobs and $6.2 million in new taxes for the city. The company plans to manufacture about 130,000 vehicles a year when the plant is finished.

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