Lordstown Motors introduced Monday that it had collected 50,000 pre-orders for its Endurance electrical pickup truck, which is now scheduled to start out deliveries in fall 2021, with a full manufacturing ramp-up in 2022.
The pre-orders are non-binding, and are available from the business fleets which can be Lordstown’s goal market. In a press launch, the corporate stated the typical pre-order measurement is 500 automobiles per fleet, including that it has obtained curiosity from entities that aren’t at the moment in a position to place pre-orders, equivalent to federal, state, and municipal authorities businesses, in addition to the navy.
Lordstown Motors manufacturing facility – 2020
Lordstown stated it’s at the moment constructing “Alpha 2” prototype, following a batch of “Alpha 0” automobiles. These shall be adopted by “Beta” prototypes, which shall be constructed on the corporate’s meeting line and shall be used for crash testing (it claims the Endurance is able to five-star crash scores based mostly on simulations) and different validation work, in line with Lordstown. A few of these prototypes may be given to clients for analysis, the corporate stated.
The corporate was created to take over a former Common Motors manufacturing facility in its namesake Ohio city. Vans will roll off meeting strains that final constructed Chevrolet Cruze sedans and hatchbacks. Current services shall be augmented with a 700,000-square-foot battery pack and hub motor manufacturing facility, which is at the moment beneath building, Lordstown stated.
The present schedule truly represents one other pushback for the product, which after its premier this summer was stated to be slated for a summer season 2021 arrival. Later, Lordstown plans a complementary SUV model construct on the identical underpinnings because the Endurance.
Lordstown just lately 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 war 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 facility in the identical Ohio city.
Lordstown additionally just lately became publicly traded, so the corporate is beneath extra scrutiny—and extra obligation to supply periodic updates equivalent to this.