We lately discovered a Lordstown Endurance prototype caught hearth slightly after midnight on January 13. The one report we might discover about it was printed by Farmington Press. InsideEVs started investigating the small print surrounding the incident and its trigger, and we managed to be taught an entire lot extra. Farmington Hills authorities offered us with data and photos attributable to our Freedom Of Info Act requests.
On January 12, Pirakalathan Pathmanathan – Lordstown Motors’ powertrain director – took the Endurance prototype for a check drive. He was accompanied by Simone Palombi and Akshay Sharma, two of his coworkers, who joined in what was the very first check of the prototype, which had “cleared testing within the manufacturing unit.”
In line with Farmington Hills authorities, after driving for about 10 minutes, Pathmanathan seen the car was transferring weirdly. He stopped, “within the eastbound of 12 Mile Street, simply east of Copper Creek Lane,” in keeping with law enforcement officials who arrived there at 12:31 AM on January 13. Pathmanathan stated the Endurance “began on hearth from beneath.”
When the police arrived, what they noticed the electrical pickup truck “absolutely engulfed.” Firefighters arrived at 12:39 AM and left at 1:43 AM. The blaze had “a minor extension to the bushes within the median,” in keeping with the incident report.
The firefighters famous magnesium “from the water response under the rear seats within the passenger compartment.” The hood was fully melted, and the doorways had been open. After the hearth was extinguished, the firefighters soaked the car for ten extra minutes to keep away from “a rekindle.”
Pathmanathan didn’t have on the time all the data requested by law enforcement officials, however offered it the next day and confirmed it was only a prototype. In line with the police report, for the reason that incident didn’t “seem like suspicious,” “the car has been launched to the producer.”
InsideEVs contacted Lordstown Motors to ask in regards to the hearth’s trigger and what the corporate plans to do to keep away from it with beta prototypes it plans to construct quickly. The corporate stated it doesn’t “usually touch upon particular person testing situations” however confirmed there was an “occasion.”
It additionally wished to emphasize this was a growth mule, not a full Endurance pickup truck. The photographs present the prototype actually seems to be like an unusual pickup truck, though we can’t determine the producer. It appears to be one thing made by General Motors – possibly a Silverado or Sierra.
Lordstown Motors additionally stated “like all of our check findings, we do it to create an incredible product.” In the course of remembers for issues with battery packs coming from the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Chevy Bolt EV, we definitely hope that’s the case.