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Published on September 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart


Saudi Arabia Invests $1 Billion Into Lucid Motors For Electric Car Production

September 17th, 2018 by  

Has the world turned upside down? Scratch that. It has. We’ve had plenty of proof so far, but oil-producing Saudi Arabia investing $1 billion into Lucid Motors to build its first electric vehicle, the Air, takes the cake! Indeed, times have changed.

When Oil Countries Help EV Makers

Petroleum Producing Saudi Arabia Lends Lucid Motors 1 billion For Electric CarsIf there was another sign of “We’re here!” or we’ve made it, at last, Saudi Arabia giving Lucid Motors a crisp $1 billion deal to help the Californian EV startup build its amazing Air.

Why is the Air amazing? Well, we took a test ride in it a year ago when it wasn’t yet fully sorted out and it was clear in our minds that this was the new relatively affordable performance king. You can see part I and part II of our review for more.

So, hearing the startup is continuing to secure cash to get to production is good news to our ears.

Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, depending on who you ask, this financial boost comes from the petroleum-rich Arabian kingdom. The funding is supposed to help the company complete its engineering development and testing of its Air. The $700 million factory will be in Casa Grande, Arizona. More will follow on the global rollout of its retail strategy. We do know it will start in North America.

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Lucid Motors — the future?

Peter Rawlinson, chief technology officer of Lucid, says: “The convergence of new technologies is reshaping the automobile, but the benefits have yet to be truly realized. … This is inhibiting the pace at which sustainable mobility and energy are adopted. At Lucid, we will demonstrate the full potential of the electric connected vehicle in order to push the industry forward.”

The Saudi Public Investment Fund followed by saying: “By investing in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Is Lucid Still In The Game?

Petroleum Producing Saudi Arabia Lends Lucid Motors 1 billion For Electric Cars

Saudi Arabia lends Lucid Motors $1 billion for electric cars.

You bet Lucid is till in the game, and again, time will tell for how long. So far, the race for the next wave of EVs is being fought by four current startups. Lucid chose the performance + luxury route. Byton chose to highlight the user digitized experience. NIO is also focusing on technical user experience. While Faraday Future (FF) has focused on the performance route. All are working hard to try to assure their future financial success.

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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society. Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy. His favorite tagline is: "There are more solutions than obstacles."

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