Just under a year after breaking ground in Casa Grande, Lucid Motors finished construction on its first electric vehicle factory and have entered the commissioning process. Known as Lucid AMP-1 (Advanced Manufacturing Plant), it’s not just a first for Lucid Motors, it’s also the first greenfield, dedicated EV factory to be built in North America. The facility is nearly 1 million square feet and is located on a 590-acre site in Casa Grande.
By 2028, Lucid plans to invest a total of more than $700 million in the plant, expanding it to more than 5 million square feet, and growing its manufacturing capacity to 400,000 vehicles per year.
AMP-1 was designed for what’s next. This spring it will start producing the groundbreaking Lucid Air. Looking forward, the site also allows for additional expansion, with the next phase expected to begin in 2021 – enabling production of Project Gravity, Lucid Motors’ premiere SUV.
The all-new manufacturing system at AMP-1 embraces advanced processes, such as an aircraft-inspired riveted and bonded monocoque body structure replacing spot welds. This gives the Lucid Air state-of-the-art structural efficiency.
As Lucid Motors rolls out the first Air models this spring, AMP-1 has the capacity to deliver up to 30,000 units per year. And in its final form, the manufacturing capacity will be up to 400,000 annually. Lucid Motors will begin production with the Lucid Air Dream Edition, followed quickly by Grand Touring and Touring models. The Lucid Air Pure joins the lineup in early 2022.
AMP-1 at a glance
• First greenfield factory in North America dedicated to electric vehicle manufacturing
• Location: 590 acres in Casa Grande, Arizona
• Construction time: Just under one year, now in the commissioning stage
• Production capacity: 30,000 units per year initially, up to 400,000 units annually