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Lucid’s Fortunes Are Trying Up

  • Saudi Arabia is already tightly concerned with Lucid Motors, however rumors late final week that the federal government’s Public Funding Fund desires to purchase much more of Lucid’s inventory despatched the value up 43 %. It then backtracked a bit over the weekend.
  • The PIF owns over 60 % of Lucid already and has promised to purchase as much as 100,000 EVs from the automaker over the following 10 years. Lucid has additionally introduced it would construct a plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • Additionally, final week, Lucid introduced that it’s offering a 469-hp electrical drive unit for all Components E race automobiles this season. The EDU features a motor, inverter, differential, and transmission and will likely be used to seize braking vitality.

Even with its huge oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is involved in electrical autos. Whether or not it is a take care of Canoo for fleet autos or the Saudi Ceer, an upcoming, home-grown mass-market EV scheduled to reach in 2025 with assist from FoxConn, Saudi Arabia is within the EV sport. The nation’s relationship with Lucid is nicely established, and rumors that the Saudi authorities may improve its funding within the luxurious automaker despatched the inventory value up 43 % Friday, ending at $12.87.

Nothing has been formally introduced concerning any such deal, however Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) is contemplating shopping for out the remainder of Lucid’s inventory. Lucid’s inventory value dropped 4.5 % over the weekend from the Friday excessive.

Final yr, Lucid bought virtually 86 million shares to a PIF affiliate for round $915 million. Lucid bought different shares to different teams, however the deal saved the PIF’s total funding in Lucid regular, at round 62 %, in response to CNBC. Final spring, Saudi Arabia’s authorities introduced it will purchase between 50,000 and 100,000 Lucid EVs over the following decade. Lucid additionally introduced it will construct its second plant in Saudi Arabia. Final yr, Lucid constructed a complete of 7180 autos at its solely plant in Arizona.

Lucid made information of one other kind within the all-electric Components E race collection. The corporate introduced that its in-house electrical drive unit (EDU), which features a motor, inverter, differential and transmission and produces as much as 469 horsepower, will likely be utilized in each Gen3 Components E race automotive. Lucid mentioned the EDU would supply regenerative vitality restoration from the entrance wheels. The EDU won’t be able to ship all 469 horses to energy the entrance wheels as a consequence of Components E rules, however Lucid has plans for the EDU’s know-how past Components E.

Really, in its announcement, Lucid technically did not say something about Components E. As an alternative, it mentioned the EDU might be discovered within the cone of each automotive within the “world’s main single-seater electrical racing collection,” so, nicely, it is Components E. Lucid has a historical past with the race collection, having developed a battery pack that was utilized in earlier Components E seasons.

Lucid is highlighting the excessive energy density of the EDU (6.7 hp per pound) in a unit that weighs simply over 70 kilos and might spin as much as 19,500 rpm. Whereas not the identical unit discovered within the Lucid Air electrical sedan, some applied sciences, just like the proprietary microjet cooling system, are present in each autos.

“I am excited by the prospect that a number of the technical developments launched could, in flip, make their approach to future Lucid highway automobiles,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson mentioned in an announcement. “For Lucid, the switch of know-how between motorsports and highway automobiles is a two-way symbiosis.”

Lucid builds every of the Components E EDUs at its California headquarters.

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