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Ex-Tesla engineer takes over as CEO of Saudi-backed Lucid Motors

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund invested more than $1bn in a deal closed earlier this month

Ex-Tesla engineer takes over as CEO of Saudi-backed Lucid Motors
Peter Rawlinson, who was chief engineer of the Model S when he worked for Tesla, has long been the public face of Lucid, which plans to build electric sedans in 2020 at a factory in Arizona.

Lucid Motors, the electric-car start-up funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, promoted its chief technology officer to the top job following co-founder Sam Weng’s retirement as CEO.

Peter Rawlinson, who was chief engineer of the Model S when he worked for Tesla, has long been the public face of Lucid, which plans to build electric sedans in 2020 at a factory in Arizona.

A lack of funding delayed those efforts until Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund invested more than $1 billion in a deal closed earlier this month.

Lucid plans to start producing versions of its debut model, the Air sedan (pictured above), that will cost more than $100,000 and accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. Rawlinson has said he expects the Air model to outperform Tesla’s Model S, which has a 335-mile range when fully charged.

“We will have a car with 400 miles of range. No one else is even close,” Rawlinson said in a phone interview.

In February, Rawlinson said Lucid was in talks to potentially share technology with other automakers, and that the company may plan an initial public offering of stock in a few years.

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