Lucid Motors

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Lucid Motors, Inc.
Founded2007; 12 years ago (2007)
FounderBernard Tse
Sam Weng
HeadquartersNewark, California
Key people
Peter Rawlinson, CEO
Derek Jenkins, VP of Design

Lucid Motors, Inc. (formerly known as Atieva)[1] is an American automotive company specializing in electric cars. The company was founded in 2007, and it is based in Newark, California.[2]


Some of Lucid's 300 employees previously worked at Mazda, Tesla[1][3], and other car companies. The company is financed by Tsing Capital, Sumitomo, Venrock, LeEco, JAFCO, and others,[3][4] providing $131 million by 2016.[5]

On November 29, 2016, state and company officials announced the planned construction of Lucid's $700 million manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona which was projected to employ up to 2,000 workers by 2022,[6][7][8] eventually building 20,000 to 130,000 cars per year. The city was a candidate for Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in 2014.[1]

On September 17, 2018, Lucid Motors announced that they were in talks with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia for a funding valued at over $1 billion.[9] The investment was a major milestone for the company, which is slated to launch its Lucid Air model commercially in 2020.[9][10] The bulk of the funding — $700 million — will go to construction of its manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona;[10] it will also enable the completion of engineering development and testing of the car, and the subsequent commencement of commercial production its retail strategy.[9][10]


Lucid mainly developed battery technology in its early years, but began making an aluminium prototype car in 2014.[4]

Development prototype[edit]

Atieva's drivetrain development platform is called "Edna" and was used to develop the powertrain.[11]

Lucid Air[edit]

Originally teased as the "Atieva Atvus";[12] it was unveiled as the "Lucid Air" in December 2016[13][14] with plans to be available about two years later.[7] It has a 400 hp front motor and a 600 hp rear motor for a combined horsepower of 900[15] to 1,000 hp[3][16]. Lucid has agreed with Mobileye to use their EyeQ4 chips and 8 cameras for driver assist features.[17] Lucid plans to start production in 2020.[18]

This 4-door sedan is able to reach a software limited top speed of 217 mph; but, in July 2017, running on the high-speed track at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio, a special version of the car (with the speed limiter disabled via software and other modifications) has hit 235 mph.


Lucid's car uses the 2170[3] standard for its lithium-ion battery[19] cells from Samsung SDI.[20]

Lucid has designed, developed, manufactured and supplied battery packs for all race teams in the 2018–19 Formula E season,[21] and will continue to do so for the 2019–20 season,[1] in collaboration with McLaren Applied Technologies and Sony.[22][23] The Formula E specification[24] calls for a battery weight of 250 kg (551 pounds), 54 kWh energy, and peak power of up to 250 kW.[25]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Atieva will launch its Tesla competitor by December". Recode. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. the factory will be built in Casa Grande, which happens to be one of the locations [for] Gigafactory to produce battery packs for Tesla vehicles. That facility ended up in Nevada. “Arizona is not going to want to lose out a second time”
  2. ^ "On the Move: Lucid's New California Headquarters". Lucid. Lucid Motors Inc. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Preview: Lucid Motors Prototype Sedan". Motor Trend. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b Halvorson, Bengt (27 October 2016). "Tesla Owners, Will Lucid Make Your Next Electric Car?". Car and Driver. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Lucid Motors - crunchbase".
  6. ^ FOX. "Electric car factory planned in Arizona to have 2,000 workers".
  7. ^ a b "Lucid Motors Has A 1000HP Tesla Challenger; Now To Find The Cash To Build It". Forbes. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ Ronald J. Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez (30 November 2016). "Tesla rival Lucid Motors plans Casa Grande plant". azcentral, The Republic. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Lucid Signs $1bn+ Investment Agreement with Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia". Lucid Motors. 17 September 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Jhaveri, Aakash. "Lucid Motors signs investment agreement with PIF, valued at over a billion dollars". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Introducing Edna". Lucid Motors.
  12. ^ Jason Torchinsky (16 October 2014). "We Now Know What The Tesla-Fighting Atieva Atvus Looks Like Thanks To A Leak". Jalopnik.
  13. ^ Lucid Motors debuts luxury EV set to take on Tesla
  14. ^ "Lucid reveals design for its luxury Air sedan, a Tesla competitor". Green Car Reports. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  15. ^ "That Was Then, This Is Now. Atieva Changes Name To Lucid Motors". Gas 2. Retrieved 8 November 2016. plans to start production in 2018. Since it doesn’t even have a factory yet, that claim is hard to believe.
  16. ^ "Name Change: EV Automaker Atieva is Now Lucid, Teaser Photos Revealed - Motor Trend". 21 October 2016.
  17. ^ Lambert, Fred (2 January 2017). "Lucid Motors' autonomous tech in its all-electric sedan will be powered by Tesla's former partner Mobileye". Electrek. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  18. ^ Lambert, Fred (1 July 2019). "Tesla's head of production is going to EV startup Lucid Motors". Electrek. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  19. ^ Cunningham, Wayne (21 October 2016). "Start-up Lucid Motors launches with 300-mile plus premium electric sedan". Roadshow. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Would-Be Tesla Rival Lucid Motors Inks Battery Supply Pact With Samsung SDI". Forbes. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  21. ^ Dow, Jameson (2018-12-12). "Formula E's new race season starts this weekend, with much-improved Gen 2 car". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  22. ^ ApexRacingPR (2016-10-23). "Three-way partnership for Formula E battery supply". Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  23. ^ "Lucid (Formerly Known as Atieva) Will Be the Sole Battery-Pack Supplier for Formula E". Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  24. ^$FILE/2016%252003%252011%2520ITT%2520FE%2520battery%2520system%2520(3).pdf?openelement
  25. ^ "Lucid Will Be the Sole Battery-Pack Supplier for Formula E Racing". Car and Driver. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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