U.S. electrical car maker Lucid Group will arrange its first abroad manufacturing unit in Saudi Arabia, the corporate introduced.
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U.S. electrical car maker Lucid Group will arrange its first abroad manufacturing unit in Saudi Arabia, the corporate has introduced.
The manufacturing facility will have the ability to produce 155,000 autos a 12 months, and can initially serve the native market, the luxurious automotive maker stated in a press launch Wednesday. The autos will later be exported to world markets.
Lucid’s manufacturing unit in Arizona can produce 350,000 models a 12 months.
“That means we can accelerate plans to produce half a million cars a year from what was going to be 2030, to mid decade,” CEO Peter Rawlinson advised CNBC’s Hadley Gamble. “And that’s really important because the planet can’t wait.”
The ongoing vitality disaster “really just fuels the transition to battery electric vehicles,” stated Rawlinson.
“The demand is now multiplying,” he stated.
EV trade ambitions
Saudi Arabia’s minister of funding, Khalid al-Falih, stated the Lucid manufacturing unit is just the start.
“I believe it unleashes the whole industry of electric vehicles here in the kingdom, our intent is not to stop with Lucid,” he advised CNBC’s Hadley Gamble.
“We have other EV manufacturers that are in advanced discussions with us that will follow in the footsteps of Lucid,” he added.
Saudi Arabia additionally desires EV battery firms, suppliers and extra to arrange store within the nation, which might create 30,000 jobs, he stated.
“We believe, like I said, that this is a catalytic investment decision … it’s a magnet that will attract a lot of other investors,” al-Falih stated.
Lucid’s Rawlinson stated the corporate would need to produce greater than electrical vehicles in Saudi Arabia, and pointed to vitality storage techniques that might be linked to photo voltaic photovoltaic farms.
“This technology is ideal for this part of the world,” he stated. “Because remember, when the oil runs out, the sun will keep shining.”
As of 2021, Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest producer of oil, in response to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It additionally has 297.5 billion barrels in oil reserves, second solely to Venezuela, a World Population Review rating stated.
The kingdom’s state oil firm, Aramco, noticed its web revenue spike 82% to $39.5 billion within the first quarter of 2022.
Al-Falih stated the world nonetheless must spend money on each fossil fuels and renewables to make the vitality transition as easy as doable.
He stated Saudi Arabia is dedicated to its shift from conventional fuels to cleaner vitality, citing the dominion’s inexperienced initiatives.
— CNBC’s Dan Murphy contributed to this report.