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Electric Cars Are About to Start Rolling Out of the Arizona Desert

Lucid Motors expects to start car production by year-end.

Lucid Motors’ manufacturing facility under construction in Casa Grande, on May 14.

Lucid Motors’ manufacturing facility under construction in Casa Grande, on May 14.

Photographer: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg
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On the outskirts of a small town less than 50 miles southeast of Phoenix, a 720,000 square foot electric vehicle factory is arising in the desert. If all goes as planned, a luxurious new battery-electric sedan will roll off its production line by year’s end.

Lucid Motors, a U.S. startup backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, is building the factory and slated to start manufacturing its debut model later this year for delivery in early 2021. Lucid says construction has stayed on schedule at a time when other automakers have been forced to halt output and delay key models due to the coronavirus pandemic.