Skateboard platforms have gotten a typical go-to for startup electrical car makers, as they’re primarily self-contained—packaging a lot of the core mechanical and propulsion elements collectively in a “rolling chassis.”

That constructing block, with a bit modification, could be examined by itself—which is what Lordstown Motors just lately did for the idea of its upcoming Endurance electric pickup, close to its Ohio headquarters, with CEO Steve Burns behind the wheel.

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Endurance

The skateboard foundation is good for a startup with restricted improvement funding, because it permits the corporate to use a collection of modular modifications to the skateboard, plus physique “prime hats”—primarily creating a number of totally different autos that share the identical core elements. 

Lordstown’s body-on-frame structure makes this much more easy. Burns informed Inexperienced Automobile Stories that along with the full-size Endurance it plans a mid-size pickup in addition to a rugged, “industrial strength” SUV

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns driving Endurance

In a collection of maximum environments, the video launched by Lordstown (under) reveals the Endurance platform being pushed by way of a proving-grounds torture check that presses the suspension and hub motors by shaking them round, submerging them in water, and churning by way of some snow and dirt. In any other case the platform may have a battery full of 2170-format cylindrical batteries—the identical measurement Tesla is utilizing for the Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y.

Exhibiting a “bare” model of the skateboard being put to the check isn’t one thing totally new. In latest months, the California startup Canoo and Israel-based REE Automotive have each proven skateboard platforms in motion. 

In Lordstown’s case, the four hub motors, one at every wheel, stay essentially the most noteworthy improvement selection for the platform, as automakers have up to now mentioned that their “unsprung weight” makes suspension improvement a problem. It’s going to have rather a lot to show with the truck, due subsequent fall, but when the corporate does all of the legwork on improvement, it might develop into a bonus.