EV maker Lucid again cuts production targets as logistics challenges cripple output

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Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson poses at the Nasdaq MarketSite as Lucid Motors (Nasdaq: LCID) begins trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange after completing its business combination with Churchill Capital Corp IV in New York City, New York, July 26, 2021.
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Electric vehicle maker Lucid Group again cut its production targets Wednesday as supply chain and logistics challenges mean demand for the company’s EVs far outpaces its output.

The company said it now has over 37,000 reservations for its Air electric luxury sedan, up from more than 30,000 in May – but it delivered just 679 cars in the second quarter. In February, it said that it expected to build between 12,000 and 14,000 vehicles in 2022, down from an original forecast of 20,000.

It cut its full-year deliveries guidance for a second time, saying that it now expects to deliver just 6,000 to 7,000 vehicles in 2022, and announced a new senior executive to lead operations.

Lucid’s shares fell about 12% in after-hours trading following the news.

The announcements came as Lucid reported its second-quarter results. Here are the key numbers:

  • Revenue: $97.3 million
  • Loss per share: 33 cents
  • Vehicles delivered: 679

“Our revised production guidance reflects the extraordinary supply chain and logistics challenges we encountered,” CEO Peter Rawlinson said in a statement. “We’ve identified the primary bottlenecks, and we are taking appropriate measures – bringing our logistics operations in-house, adding key hires to the executive team, and restructuring our logistics and manufacturing organization.”

Earlier this year, Lucid cited supply chain issues around semiconductor chips as well as basic components like glass and carpet as reasons for the reduction.

Rawlinson told CNBC in an interview that the process of working through the supply-chain issues forced the company to confront another set of bottlenecks.

“It really unveiled the next level of challenges, the immaturity of our logistics systems,” Rawlinson said, explaining that Lucid is in the process of bringing shipping and other services in-house.

To help address the issues, Lucid announced Wednesday it’s hired Stellantis veteran Steven David to serve as its senior vice president of operations, taking charge of the company’s manufacturing, logistics and quality-control efforts.

CFO Sherry House told CNBC that the company’s reservation total of 37,000 does not include any reservations for its upcoming Gravity SUV or any of the vehicles ordered by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Lucid said in April that Saudi Arabia’s government had agreed to buy up to 100,000 of its vehicles over the next 10 years. The country’s public wealth fund is a major investor in Lucid, holding roughly 62% of the company’s shares.

Lucid had $4.6 billion in cash and equivalents as of the end of the second quarter, down from $5.4 billion at the end of March but enough to fund operations “well into 2023,” House said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Sophie Tremblay

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