Lordstown Motors was created final 12 months to buy an idle General Motors manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, and convert the manufacturing facility to construct electric pickup vehicles. Lordstown unveiled its Endurance truck Wednesday, forward of GM’s personal GMC Hummer EV, and it claims that it’ll begin deliveries in January 2021.
The Endurance borrows some parts from the Workhorse W-15, from CEO Steve Burns’ earlier firm. But the place the W-15 used a gasoline vary extender, the Endurance is all-electric.
The new truck makes use of in-wheel motors based mostly on know-how licensed from Slovenia’s Elaphe, however manufactured by Lordstown in Ohio. One motor powers every wheel, giving the Endurance four-wheel drive with none driveshafts or differentials. Mounting motors within the wheel hubs frees up house and helps scale back a car’s heart of gravity, but additionally will increase unsprung weight, making suspension tuning harder.
Together, the 4 motors produce a mixed 600 horsepower. That allows a 7,500-pound towing capability, however high velocity is electronically restricted to 80 mph.
Lordstown estimates a variety of over 250 miles, with an estimated effectivity ranking of 75 MPGe. Using the 7.zero kilowatt onboard charger, a full recharge takes 10 hours from a 240-volt Level 2 AC supply. DC quick charging can even be accessible, and the truck has a 120-volt outlet that can be utilized to energy instruments.
Pricing for the Endurance begins at $52,500, and people fascinated by reserving an early construct slot can place a $1,000 refundable deposit via Lordstown’s web site.
Unlike different electric vehicles, the Endurance is aimed toward industrial fleets, fairly than retail patrons. Lordstown claims to have acquired 1000’s of pre-orders from fleet operators, the latest being Servpro, which has signed a letter of intent to buy 1,200 vehicles.
Lordstown goals to fill 20,000 orders within the Endurance’s first 12 months of manufacturing, however plans to ramp up from there. Burns mentioned Lordstown’s manufacturing facility might construct as many as 600,000 autos a 12 months at full tilt. He beforehand mentioned the corporate is contemplating different fashions, together with SUVs and a mid-size pickup truck.