By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Development is expected to begin in Q2 2017, with the opening planned for late 2018. When completed, the operation is expected to bring more that 2,000 new jobs to the region. Hiring will begin in 2017, and Lucid has plans to specifically target veterans as a key component of its planned workforce.
Lucid’s site search efforts covered 60 locations in 13 states before settling on the Casa Grande location, which was ultimately selected due to Arizona’s business climate, infrastructure, workforce and the quality of the automotive supply chain in the Arizona-Sonora, Mexico, region, according to the statement.
An extensive coalition worked to lure Lucid to the area. Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Sonoran Governor Claudia Pavlovich, Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, Pinal County and Casa Grande, joined forces to bring the deal to fruition.
“Lucid Motors’ announcement today is a testament to what can happen when entrepreneurs and elected officials come together to create new and exciting economic opportunities,” said Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich. “This major investment will generate a steady stream of career opportunities and capital for the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion—a perfect example of the relationship that Governor Ducey and I have envisioned for our two states. I want to thank everyone on our team who worked for months to make this vision a lasting and fruitful reality.”
“The support and engagement from state leadership and the business community in Arizona throughout this process has been incredible,” said Brian Barron, Lucid Motor’s Director of Global Manufacturing. “Arizona’s pro-business environment, readiness of the site, and available talent will allow us to get up and running quickly. We’re very excited to be bringing new jobs and our innovative technology to Casa Grande.”
“Lucid Motors is building the luxury automobile of the future, and we have an opportunity to become the global leader in automotive technology,” said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Motors’ Chief Technology Officer. “We are confident Arizona is the ideal location to advance our innovations and will continue to provide an excellent platform for our success.”
Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Lucid is considered a major potential rival for luxury electric car manufacturer Tesla. Tesla had considered Casa Grande as a site for its battery-producing “Gigafactory,” but ultimately selected Reno, Nevada, instead.