Lordstown Motors introduced Monday that it had collected 50,000 pre-orders for its Endurance electrical pickup truck, which is now scheduled to begin deliveries in fall 2021, with a full manufacturing ramp-up in 2022.
The pre-orders are non-binding, and are available from the industrial fleets which can be Lordstown’s goal market. In a press launch, the corporate mentioned the typical pre-order dimension is 500 automobiles per fleet, including that it has obtained curiosity from entities that aren’t at present in a position to place pre-orders, resembling federal, state, and municipal authorities businesses, in addition to the navy.
Lordstown Motors manufacturing unit – 2020
Lordstown mentioned it’s at present constructing “Alpha 2” prototype, following a batch of “Alpha 0” automobiles. These might be adopted by “Beta” prototypes, which might be constructed on the corporate’s meeting line and might be used for crash testing (it claims the Endurance is able to five-star crash rankings primarily based on simulations) and different validation work, in response to Lordstown. A few of these prototypes may additionally be given to clients for analysis, the corporate mentioned.
The corporate was created to take over a former Basic Motors manufacturing unit in its namesake Ohio city. Vans will roll off meeting traces that final constructed Chevrolet Cruze sedans and hatchbacks. Current services might be augmented with a 700,000-square-foot battery pack and hub motor manufacturing facility, which is at present below building, Lordstown mentioned.
The present schedule truly represents one other pushback for the product, which after its premier this summer time was mentioned to be slated for a summer time 2021 arrival. Later, Lordstown plans a complementary SUV mannequin construct on the identical underpinnings because the Endurance.
Lordstown not too long ago demonstrated the power of its in-wheel motor system, which no different manufacturing truck or passenger automotive has but used, by staging a tug of conflict between the Endurance and a Ford F-150.
GM has invested in Lordstown—an uncommon relationship as the corporate is utilizing a plant that GM could not see as a part of its all-electric future. Individually, the Detroit automaker can be partnering with LG Chem on a battery manufacturing unit in the identical Ohio city.
Lordstown additionally not too long ago turned publicly traded, so the corporate is below extra scrutiny—and extra obligation to supply periodic updates resembling this.