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Lucid CEO retires; CTO Peter Rawlinson, former Tesla engineer, to take over

Lucid Motors has appointed its CTO Peter Rawlinson to CEO. Rawlinson, who was Chief Engineer of the Model S while at Tesla, will also retain his position as CTO.

Rawlinson has long been the public face of Lucid Motors as its CTO. He joined the company in 2013 and has been “responsible for all design and engineering activities,” Lucid’s release says. Rawlinson worked as a lead engineer at Lotus and Jaguar before becoming the Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla.

Rawlinson replaces Lucid co-founder and CEO Sam Weng, who has retired. In a statement, Rawlinson said,

“It is an honor to be appointed CEO of Lucid at such an exciting time for the company and the industry. While the convergence of new technologies is reshaping the automobile, the full potential has yet to be realized, inhibiting the pace at which sustainable mobility and energy are adopted. Lucid has the product vision, the core in-house technology, and the depth of talent to realize this potential. Working collaboratively, our outstanding team will create landmark future products, commencing with Lucid Air in 2020.”

Rawlinson is responsible for the company’s all-electric Lucid Air sedan, which the company plans to launch by 2020. A February report claimed Lucid is also working on an electric SUV.

Earlier this month, Lucid said it closed on its previously announced $1 billion investment from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia as the company plans to construct a manufacturing facility in Arizona.

The company announced a partnership with Electrify America last year.

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