And it's going to service a lot of cars.
Lucid is more than just a flash in the pan. The company is closing in on a $15 billion deal and its massive new production facility is coming along nicely where the production of the Lucid Air will be centered. It's located in Casa Grande, Arizona, and is called Lucid AMP-1. Speaking of that production facility, one of its most important divisions is the paint shop, and Lucid has just revealed some of the details of that new paint shop. Lucid says that only the best materials and paint processes are being implemented. The paint shop is being called the cornerstone of the facility, and to keep energy consumption down as much as possible, will be expandable to account for greater production numbers in the future.
While we're on the subject of numbers, the goal for the first year is 30,000 cars, but at full capacity, the goal is an astonishing 400,000 cars. By the next phase of production, Lucid aims to more than double its current output and facility size. The paint shop is also being called "the center of the brand's current plant and the heart of the plant". That's because Lucid wants customers to be impressed by the richness of color finishes and the appearance of the finish.
But it won't be at the physical center much longer, as Lucid plans to expand from a million square feet of acreage to a whopping five million square feet. Phase two of the plant's growth has already begun, and although this is a new company, the people in charge are being smart and aim to future-proof as much of the plant as possible.
So how does the paint shop prepare new vehicles like the Air and the as-yet-unnamed Lucid SUV - suspected to be called the Gravity? First, the body of a car gets a pretreatment and electrodeposition coating to prevent corrosion. Then, the vehicle is sealed to minimize any chances of corrosion or wind noise. Next, the body is sealed and sanded before being sent to the paint booth where it gets its color. Finally, after being baked, the "Finesse" process sees the car inspected and polished "to perfection". It's no wonder, then, that AMP stands for Advanced Manufacturing Plant. Looks like the new plant and its paint shop are just as cool as its new studios.