Electric car maker Lucid plans first LI service center

Lucid, a Newark, Calif.-based electric vehicle manufacturer, plans to open its first Long Island service center early next year. 

The company has leased 24,000 square feet at 45 South Service Road in Plainview, where it will build the new facility that’s expected to open in the first quarter of 2023. 

Lucid currently maintains one location on Long Island, a studio at the Americana Manhasset retail complex. The Plainview facility will be just the car maker’s second service center in the Northeast, as it is planning to open another in Natick, Mass. this fall. 

45 South Service Road Plainview / Google Maps image

The Plainview space was formerly occupied by long-time tenant Coram CVS, a home infusion provider. Extensive renovations were just completed on the 100,000-square-foot 45 South Service Road building, which included a new façade and solar panel installation on a new roof. 

Publicly traded Lucid began delivering its first vehicles to customers in Oct. 2021. When originally founded in 2007, the company was named Atieva and focused on making powertrains and batteries for other EV manufacturers. The company was rebranded as Lucid in 2016, when it announced it would make its own brand of electric cars. 

Last month, the company raised the prices of its EV line, with its lowest priced model called Air Pure now selling for $87,400 and its higher-end model Air Grand Touring priced at $154,000. Lucid’s base model EV has a range exceeding 500 miles on a single charge, according to EPA estimates. It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. 

Lucid, which has been struggling with supply-chain issues, had to trim its 2022 production outlook from 20,000 to between 12,000 and 14,000 vehicles, according to published reports. The company reported a net loss of $81.3 million for the first quarter of the year. However, Lucid also has more than 30,000 reservations from buyers, representing sales of $2.9 billion.

Jordan Oliver of Newmark represented Lucid, while landlord WK Equities was self-represented in the Plainview lease transaction. 

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