SMM News: on Monday, Lucid Motors, a US electric car start-up, said it had hired Peter Hohodinger, a former vice president of production at the Tesla Fremont plant, as vice president of manufacturing, and the company hopes to go into production soon.
Hohodinger, a former production executive at Volkswagen, left the company last week after three years at Tesla. At Tesla, his mission is to increase the production of the company's luxury Model S and Model X SUV cars and to help establish a cost-effective production plan for the Model 3 sedan. He is the latest prominent executive to leave Tesla in the past two years.
Hohodinger will lead Lucid Motors's global manufacturing business, starting with the Casa Grande plant in Arizona. In addition, he will also be responsible for manufacturing engineering technology.
In April this year, Lucid Motors also appointed Peter Rawlinson (Peter Rawlinson), a former chief engineer of Tesla Model S, as its chief executive officer, (CEO).
In addition to Hohodinger and Rawlinson, several other Tesla engineers and executives have joined the startup, and they are now joining Hohodinger's team.
Rawlinson said Hohodinger's manufacturing experience would help Lucid Motors launch the all-electric sedan Lucid Air and other future models.
"We are pleased to welcome Peter to the Lucid Motors team," he said. Peter's extensive experience and recognized leadership in high-end automotive manufacturing will provide us with valuable experience in continuing to make progress in the launch of the Lucid Air and future models. After joining Lucid Motors, Peter was authorized to create an industry-leading manufacturing process to provide our discerning customers with the high quality products they need and deserve. "
Lucid Motors was founded in 2007 by Xie Jiapeng, former vice president and director of Tesla, and Sam Weng (Sam Weng), a former executive of Oracle (58.01,1.04, 1.83 per cent), formerly known as Atieva. The company has received more than $1 billion in investments from public investment funds in Saudi Arabia.
In 2017, Lucid Motors announced that its luxury all-electric car, the Lucid Air, would start at $60, 000 (410900 yuan) and have a range of 240 miles. In addition, the car has other interesting configurations.
At the time, Lucid Motors also announced that it planned to raise $700 million to build a plant in Arizona to produce Lucid Air all-electric cars by 2018.
However, Lucid Motors had difficulty raising the money needed to start the plant before it received more than $1 billion in investment from Saudi Arabia at the end of last year. Now, the company plans to start producing its luxury all-electric car, the Lucid Air, from 2020.
At present, Tesla is trying to increase production of Model 3, which is seen as critical to its long-term profitability. The company is expected to release delivery and production data for the second quarter of this year this week.
In recent weeks, (CEO) Elon Musk (Elon Musk), chief executive of Tesla, said the company was on the verge of a record quarterly delivery, but they still had some obstacles to overcome.
Last week, Musk confirmed that Tesla had all the orders needed to set the record, but that the logistics needed to deliver the vehicles to customers was a bottleneck. (CEO), the chief executive, encouraged employees to "go all out" to set a new quarterly delivery record.