A few days ago, we echoed the problems that the startup Lucid is going through to scale the production of the Air electric sedan, its first car. During the second quarter, the American firm delivered just 679 cars, while in the first half of the year it sold a total of 1,405 copies.
Given the impossibility of reaching its objective of manufacturing between 12,000 and 14,000 units throughout the year, the company has been forced to reduce this figure to between 6,000 and 7,000. This situation has been used by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, to publicly mock Lucid through the social network Twitter.
“I made more children in the second trimester than they cars,” Musk ironized, referring to the commented fact that he is the father of ten children. The truth is that this is not the first time that Lucid has become the target of Musk, who in the past has even stated that the young company “is going straight to bankruptcy.
These statements have been harshly criticized by some Internet users due to their hypocrisy since at the time Tesla had to go through its own “production hell” with the Model S and Model 3; in the most difficult moments, the continuity of the Californian manufacturer became up in the air.
Lucid is going through his own “production hell”
As Musk once did, Lucid founder Peter Rawlinson is spending long hours at the Lucid plant in Arizona trying to fix bottlenecks. “ I have spent most of my time right here on the production floor. And I think it’s my responsibility as CEO to be here solving problems. “
The enmity between both CEOs comes from afar because before arriving at Lucid, Rawlinson worked for Tesla, where he was vice president of vehicle engineering and responsible for engineering the Whitestar project (Model S). In recent years, Rawlinson has criticized both Tesla’s build quality and the “historical revisionism” of Elon Musk, who has repeatedly tried to downplay his role in the development of the Model S.
Despite the difficulties, the Lucid Air continues to be one of the most desired electric cars on the international scene, because thanks to its highly advanced technology, it offers a maximum range of 837 km under the US EPA approval cycle, which usually yields lower figures. then the Chinese (CLTC) and European (WLTP) cycles.