...provide a new “state-of-the-art structural efficiency.”
A Lucid representative was not available to answer specific questions regarding collision repair procedures or training. However, according to its website, Lucid will have a nationwide network of Service Centers, 20 to start in eight major metro locations on both the east and west coasts. Mobile service providers and certified collision repair centers will be linked to Lucid’s centralized customer care group to address anything that cannot be remotely diagnosed and repaired.
Described by Rawlinson as a “fusion of art, science and technology,” look for Lucid models on the street by early summer this year.
Rivian, an electric-vehicle start-up company based in California, plans to soon start producing two all-electric truck models at a plant in Illinois, formerly occupied by Mitsubishi.
These will include the R1T pickup, which will be the first to debut, followed closely by the R1S SUV. It is unknown at this point how many the company plans to sell or how they will be sold, be it through a traditional dealership network or some other system.
But the big news, to collision repairers, isn’t the number of Rivian vehicle in consumer hands---at least initially. More importantly, Rivian has received major support from tech giant Amazon.
In September 2019, Amazon invested $700 million in Rivian, which at that time planned to produce 100,000 all-electric delivery vans for Amazon. Most recently, in September 2020, Amazon invested another undisclosed but believed to be substantial amount of money in Rivian.
Rivian has also received funding from Ford Motor Company and T. Rowe Price, the mutual fund company.
In cities where Amazon has a major presence...