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Lucid Motors weighs alternatives due to chip shortage

Lucid Motors Inc. is feeling the effects of the global chip shortage that has slowed production at other U.S. automakers.

The Newark, California-based electric vehicle maker is evaluating alternatives to the semiconductors it had planned to use as it prepares to begin full production of its Lucid Air sedans at its Arizona factory.

Backing off from its original production projections, the company had said earlier this year it planned to deliver 577 vehicles by the end of the year.

The shortages of chips and other critical parts have weighed heavily on automobile production. Lucid plans to build its electric cars at a 999,000-square-foot factory south of Phoenix in Casa Grande. The company projects that plant, which it completed in just a year, will work in tandem with a nearby battery factory to eventually produce 365,000 vehicles a year at peak levels.

Follow this link to take a video tour inside the factory.

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