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COMMERCIAL LAUNCH IN 2020

Lucid plans to commercially launch its first electric
vehicle, the Lucid Air in 2020.

Saudi’s PIF invests over $1bn in US electric carmaker

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has executed an investment agreement for more than $1 billion with US-based electric automaker Lucid Motors through a special-purpose vehicle wholly owned by PIF.

Under the terms of the agreement, the parties made binding undertakings to carry out the transaction subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
    
The transaction represents a major milestone for Lucid and will provide the company with the necessary funding to commercially launch its first electric vehicle, the Lucid Air in 2020.  Lucid plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testing of the Lucid Air, construct its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, begin the global rollout of its retail strategy starting in North America, and enter production for the Lucid Air.

Lucid's mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating luxury electric vehicles, centred around the human experience.

"The convergence of new technologies is reshaping the automobile, but the benefits have yet to be truly realized.  This is inhibiting the pace at which sustainable mobility and energy are adopted.  At Lucid, we will demonstrate the full potential of the electric connected vehicle in order to push the industry forward," said Peter Rawlinson, chief technology officer of Lucid.

Lucid and PIF are strongly aligned around the vision to create a global luxury electric car company based in the heart of Silicon Valley with world-class engineering talent.  Lucid will work closely with PIF to ensure a strategic focus on quickly bringing its products to market at a time of rapid change in the automotive industry.

A spokesperson for PIF said: "By investing in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

The spokesperson added: "PIF's international investment strategy aims to strengthen PIF's performance as an active contributor in the international economy, an investor in the industries of the future and the partner of choice for international investment opportunities. Our investment in Lucid is a strong example of these objectives."

PIF seeks to become one of the largest and most impactful sovereign wealth funds in the world, enabling the creation of new sectors and opportunities that will shape the future global economy, while driving the economic transformation of Saudi Arabia.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Lucid's mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centred around the human experience. – TradeArabia News Service




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