Lucid & KACST unite to advance electric vehicle technology in Saudi Arabia

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Lucid Group-KACST partnership
Officials during signing ceremony.

Lucid Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) dedicated to advancing electric vehicle technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the partnership, Lucid Group and KACST will collaborate on joint research using KACST services, facilities, and products for dedicated research into advanced battery technologies and materials, as well as studies in aerodynamic, autonomous driving, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The partnership will also include testing research into electric vehicles and evaluate their performance to ensure their adaptation to the climatic conditions in the Kingdom.

Faisal Sultan-Lucid Group
Faisal Sultan
Lucid Middle East

“Lucid’s goal is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating advanced technologies. This Memorandum of Understanding marks a key step towards achieving this vision, acting as a catalyst to advance and elevate the entire EV industry and inspire the adoption of sustainable transportation in support of the Kingdom’s vision for a more sustainable and diversified economy.”

Furthermore, Lucid Group and KACST will share expertise in scientific and technical research to develop research programs aimed at producing technical solutions that serve the transportation and energy sectors and contribute to strengthening the national economy, as per the statement.

The Senior Vice President of KACST for the Research and Development Sector, Dr. Talal bin Ahmed Al-Sudairi said that, “Using our state-of-the-art facilities, the research conducted under this project will advance electric vehicles systems and aid the development of technologies to support autonomous driving, in line with national aspirations for research, development and innovation in the energy and industry sector.”

According to the statement, the joint research and development headquarters will be located at the national laboratories in KACST and will be launched during the third quarter of 2024.

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