Lucid Expands, Moves Into New Office, Inches Closer To Production

2 months ago by Mark Kane 5

Growth is good, right?

Lucid Motors revealed that it has outgrown its Menlo Park headquarters and is moving to a much larger facility in Newark, California – a few blocks from Lucid’s prototype shop, where the Lucid Air was first revealed at a private event in late 2016.

Fleet of Lucid Air electric cars

The company continues to develop the Air and is even designing future models, all while trying to raise additional money. Securing the Series D financing round is required to start building the $700 million factory in Arizona.

This year, Lucid presented the Air prototypes at the New York Auto Show and Monterey Car Week.

“As we move closer to realizing our vision for the future of luxury mobility, we are outgrowing our Menlo Park headquarters and are in need of a new location that will allow for expansion. We are excited to announce that in late 2017 we will begin moving into the Pacific Research Center. The new facility, located just east of the Dumbarton Bridge in Newark, California, is twice the size of our current location. It is also just a few blocks from Lucid’s prototype shop, where the Lucid Air was first revealed at a private event in late 2016.

Following Lucid’s product development philosophy of collocating functions to increase development speed and improve product excellence, the new headquarters will accommodate a larger design studio, more lab space, and more office space, all under one roof. This collocation has enabled the collaborative design and engineering process that led to the creation of the Lucid Air.

The next two years will be a defining period for Lucid as we prepare the Lucid Air for production and continue development of future products. With the space secured for our expansion, we can now focus our attention on the task at hand.”

On the Move: Lucid’s New California Headquarters

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5 responses to "Lucid Expands, Moves Into New Office, Inches Closer To Production"

  1. wavelet says:

    They’re making the right moves… However, big question is how long they can survive without a big investment.
    They’re ~10 years late to market at this point. The big luxury carmakers will all have BEV models on the road in 2-3 years, and PHEVs even sooner, while Tesla has a first mover advantage and could launch luxury-oriented versions of the S/X very quickly.

    1. Gasbag says:

      I think they’re making a big mistake by waiting to build a factory that may never be. They should instead outsource the production of the Air to someone like Magna-Steyer and start now. Getting a quality product on the road now would greatly simplify raising the funds to build their own factory.

      1. Robb Stark says:

        The only non-Chinese contract manufacture that has any capacity available is Valmet(that made the super highly reliable Fisker Karma)and Valmet is trying to sell off their contract auto manufacture business.

  2. jim stack says:

    They need a big money person to get their factory going. But they also have to build a charging Network. No one has that except Tesla and it’s half the answer that no one else has.

    QUOTE=The company continues to develop the Air and is even designing future models, all while trying to raise additional money. Securing the Series D financing round is required to start building the $700 million factory in Arizona.

    1. Ashley says:

      There are no Tesla Superchargers or Destination chargers in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, but Tesla has still managed to sell a handful of cars. Indeed in Lithuania, the leader out of the three, has average Tesla sales of two cars a month (1 Model S plus 1 Model X), not bad for a State with almost no EV charging places.

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