On Thursday, Lordstown Motors unveiled a prototype of its electric future, a four-wheel-drive pickup truck and several other features aimed exclusively at attracting contractors and other buyers in the commercial market.
The presentation of this one-year-old startup from Ohio did not go too deep into the details of an electric pickup known as Endurance. There was no information about the interior, performance or battery. The entire second half of the event turned 90 degrees from the truck and focused on his special guest, Vice President Mike Pence, who talked for about 25 minutes about President Trump’s policies regarding jobs and production, China, and the COVID-19 reaction. ,
Before Pence went on stage, some new information was circulated, including comments on electric hub motors and the partnership with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The companies agreed to cooperate in the field of tires and service. Goodyear said it also intends to acquire new Endurance vehicles for integration into its own service fleet.
It also appears that at least the first year of production capacity speaks of – at least if every customer who pre-ordered the truck completed and fell at least $ 52,500 to buy it.
Lordstown Motors said several potential customers sent letters of intent, including AutoFlexFleet, Clean Fuels Ohio, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy, GridX, Holman Enterprises and ARI, Summit Petroleum, Turner Mining Group and Valor Holdings, as well as several Ohio municipalities.
Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns said Thursday that the company has already received 20,000 pre-orders for a truck, essentially all planned production capacity for the year. The company said it plans to produce 20,000 electric commercial trucks annually, starting in 2021, at GM’s former assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Startup, a subsidiary of another Burns Workhorse Group, acquired a 6.2 million square foot plant last year. Workhorse owns 10% of Lordstown Motors.
“As pre-orders continue to flow, we plan to ramp up production to meet demand and deliver trucks on the road as quickly and responsibly as possible,” Burns said.
The first trucks will be delivered in late summer 2021, the company said. This is a short time for such a new company. However, Lordstown did not start from scratch. Burns said that in accordance with an agreement with GM, the plant remained virtually unchanged.
“We did not need to build a plant and populate it with robots – we just need to reconfigure this plant, and that is what we are doing,” Burns said.
Endurance starts at $ 52,500, has an EPA estimated at 250 miles, and four electric motors in the hub, which is an important functional part that should provide different torque for each wheel as needed. This is a system that can come in handy when off-road or navigating a dirty work site. According to Burns, this is also the biggest innovation for trucks.
“Our battery, of course, is very important for trucks of this size, but the big innovation is the motor hubs,” Burns said during the event. “There are only four moving parts in the transmission of this vehicle, and these are four wheels. For comparison: a modern all-wheel drive pickup has thousands of moving parts – pistons, valves, a crankshaft, differential, gears, a driveshaft, U-shaped joints, thousands of moving parts – and every moving part must be lubricated, and each moving part is a decrease in efficiency “.
The 4-speed electric system that Lordstown pursued eliminates many of the complexities — which help simplify and lower production costs — and provide a low center of gravity.
The vehicle also includes several functions intended for contractors, including built-in export of electricity, allowing the owner to start power tools directly from his truck, without the need for a portable generator or leaving it turned on.