Lucid Motors is slashing its workforce by about 18 percent as the EV startup seeks to cut costs amid steep losses and softening demand for its Air sedan after a year and a half of production.
In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Lucid Group CEO Peter Rawlinson said the staff reduction was needed to reduce noncritical spending.
"Given evolving business needs and productivity improvements, we are reducing the size of our organization by approximately 18 percent, which will affect Lucid employees and contractors," Rawlinson said. "This action is aligned with the cost discipline announcement we made in late February when we reported earnings."
Lucid said on its fourth-quarter earnings call that preorders for the Air sedan had fallen to 28,000 in February from 34,000 late last year. Lucid also reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $473 million.