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Lucid will build Saudi EV factory by 2026, chairman says


Lucid Group Inc. intends to build an electric-vehicle factory in Saudi Arabia by 2025 or 2026 and is negotiating details with ministries in the kingdom.

"Now that we are successfully producing and selling cars in the U.S., our attention is turning to this factory here," Lucid Chairman Andrew Liveris told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday at a mining conference in Riyadh. Specifics being worked out include ownership percentages for Lucid and partners on the project he said.

The maker of the $169,000 Air sedan has been in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to build an EV plant potentially near the Red Sea city of Jeddah, people familiar with the matter have said. The Public Investment Fund, which is Lucid's largest shareholder, would provide much of the money for the site at the King Abdullah Economic City, according to the people, who asked not be named because the discussions are private. The PIF and Lucid have also considered a possible site in Neom, a new city being developed in the northwest of Saudi Arabia.

Lucid shares slipped 1.73% to $444.68 as of 3 p.m. Wednesday in New York.

Liveris, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Dow Chemical Co., said he's taken delivery of one of Lucid's cars in Florida. The Newark, California-based company's goal for 2021 was to hand over 577 vehicles to customers — 520 limited-release units of its debut Dream Edition, and the rest a lower-spec Grand Touring version.

"We'll have a lot more to say to the market about the sorts of things we're seeing in the supply chain," Liveris said. "Yes, we're experiencing supply chain issues."

Liveris, 67, declined to comment on Lucid's disclosure in December that it received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The investigation relates to Lucid's combination with Churchill Capital Corp. IV — the special purpose acquisition company that took the carmaker public in July — and certain projections and statements, according to a filing.