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Lucid Motors Hires Former Tesla Manufacturing VP

LUCID Motors said on Monday it employed Tesla Inc’s former vice chairman of manufacturing at its Fremont factory, Peter Hochholdinger, as VP of production.

The Newark, California-based electrical carmaker in April also appointed Peter Rawlinson, former chief engineer of Tesla’s Model S, as its chief executive officer.

Lucid, which has over $1 billion funding from Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding, was incorporated in 2007 as Atieva by Sam Weng and Bernard Tse, a former vice chairman of Tesla.

The corporate positions itself as being much less of a direct competitor to Tesla than with luxurious automotive makers like Audi or BMW, Rawlinson had stated.

Hochholdinger, a former manufacturing executive at Volkswagen AG, left Tesla last week after three years with the corporate. At Tesla, he was tasked with bettering manufacturing for Tesla’s luxurious Model S sedan and Model X sport utility car in addition to helping construct a cheap manufacturing program for the Model 3 sedan.

He was the newest high-profile executive to depart Tesla over the past two years because the automaker struggles to improve the manufacturing of Model 3, which is seen as essential for its future profitability.

Rawlinson stated Hochholdinger’s experience in manufacturing sector assist the company in launching Lucid Air and different future models.

Tesla is predicted to publish its second-quarter delivery and manufacturing numbers this week.

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