Lucid Motors, a maker of electric cars seen as a potential challenger to Tesla, said Thursday that it had delivered only a few hundred vehicles during the first three months of the year but maintained that it was still on track to sell at least 12,000 by the end of 2022.
The company, led by a former top Tesla engineer, has been considered one of the most promising start-ups making electric vehicles. But it disappointed investors in February when it reported problems making enough cars at its Arizona factory to satisfy demand, and cut its production forecast. Lucid shares have lost two-thirds of their value since peaking in November.
Lucid said it was struggling to acquire the components needed to fulfill reservations it has received for 30,000 vehicles. “Similar to many companies in our industry, we continue to face global-supply-chain and logistics challenges, including Covid-related factory shutdowns in China,” Sherry House, Lucid’s chief financial officer, said in a statement Thursday.
Lucid delivered 360 vehicles in the first quarter, up from 125 in the previous quarter. The company reported a loss of $81 million in the first quarter of 2022 on sales of $58 million. In the same quarter a year earlier, when the company’s revenue was negligible, Lucid reported a loss of $2.9 billion.
Lucid’s debut product, the $169,000 Lucid Air Dream Edition sedan, was named car of the year by MotorTrend magazine, which praised the vehicle’s styling, workmanship and range of nearly 520 miles. Lucid and Tesla vehicles dominate the Environmental Protection Agency’s rankings of most-efficient electric cars.
But like many new car companies, Lucid has faced difficulties in ramping up production. Peter Rawlinson, who engineered the Tesla Model S before founding Lucid, said in a statement Thursday that the situation was improving. “We continued to make progress in the first quarter of 2022 despite ongoing global-supply-chain challenges,” he said.
Lucid said Thursday it would raise prices for new reservations beginning in June. The most affordable vehicle will cost $87,400 before government incentives, and the most expensive will be $179,000.
With cash reserves of $5.4 billion from investors, including the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, Lucid said, it has enough money to keep going well into 2023.