Lucid Motors, the luxury EV startup with Saudi backing, has brought on a former high-level Tesla executive as it prepares to launch production at an Arizona plant next year.

Driving the news: California-based Lucid said Monday that Peter Hochholdinger has joined the company as VP of manufacturing. He will oversee both manufacturing production and engineering.

Why it matters: TechCrunch points out, "Lucid will need the kind of institutional knowledge Hochholdinger gained over his career as it moves toward its first production vehicle, the Lucid Air, as well as future models."

Context: Hochholdinger, who was Tesla's VP of production, left last month after 3 years with the company. Prior to Tesla he spent 24 years with Audi, becoming senior production director for several models. More details...

  • Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson is also a Tesla alum.
  • Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund last year said it's investing over $1 billion in the company.
  • Production of the Lucid Air luxury sedan is slated to launch next year in Casa Grande, Arizona.

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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

A fresh Joe Biden ad, "New Start," signals an effort by his campaign to make unity a central theme, underscoring a new passage in his stump speech that says he won't be a president just for Democrats but for all Americans.

What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 32,390,204 — Total deaths: 985,302 — Total recoveries: 22,286,345Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m ET: 7,020,967 — Total deaths: 203,481 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,476,600Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.