Nearly One in Five Lucid Employees to Get a Pink Slip

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Though it has earned near-universal praise for its debut sedan, the Air, Lucid is having trouble finding traction with the ultra-expensive EV. Earlier this week, the automaker announced a restructuring effort that involves almost a fifth of its workforce. After a disappointing 2023 production forecast, Lucid is looking to cut costs as uncertain economic times are ahead.

The affected employees will learn their fate by the end of the week, and company CEO Peter Rawlinson said Lucid would cut jobs in nearly every part of its operations, including higher-ups. Reuters reported that the layoffs would cost Lucid between $24 and $30 million and would be complete by the end of the second quarter.

Some electric vehicles have seen significant price cuts over the last few months, putting pressure on high-end cars like the Air. Lucid offers a $7,500 credit for some models, but that’s small comfort when its cheapest car starts at $87,400, and the top model costs $249,000. 

Rivian, whose vehicles are also on the pricier end of the spectrum, said it would lay off six percent of its workforce last month. Its workforce of 14,000 is around twice the size of Lucid’s. Still, the company is also faced with needing to conserve cash and has cited price cuts and other economic uncertainties as causes of its headcount reduction. 

[Image: Lucid]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Akear Akear on Mar 30, 2023

    Lets be honest, Lucid will not be around in five years. It does not matter that it is probably the world's best EV sedan. Lucid's manufacturing and marketing is a complete mess. The truth is most EV companies are going under within the decade.

    • NJRide NJRide on Mar 31, 2023

      Would it make sense for them to sell to a larger OEM who gets a new factory and some electric expertise?

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Mar 30, 2023

    If you don't make your own battery cells in the EV space, you are, as Ozzy Man would say, headed for Destination F-cked.

  • Malcolm Malcolm on Mar 31, 2023

    From the sound of it, Lucid is changing and updating parts similar to Tesla in their early stages. I thought the company would have learned to be better then Tesla. I'm rooting for them even though I detest electric vehicles. I hope Tesla goes under as the big giant head is a mouthy liar and the cult that follows him is putrid

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 01, 2023

      Why does it matter who runs Tesla? Have you evaluated the heads of other car companies also?

      Did an electric vehicle hurt you and now you detest them?

  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Apr 01, 2023

    Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed!!

    There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents.

    For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin.

    Deja vu……

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Apr 02, 2023

      You may be the first TTAC commenter to have figured out Tesla's pricing strategy.