Lordstown Motors introduced on Monday that they’d exceeded 100,000 pre-orders for his or her Endurance light-duty, all-electric pickup, slated to start manufacturing in September.
Whereas we lined the Endurance beforehand, we didn’t pay homage to the place it’s being assembled. Lordstown has an extended historical past because the place the place Chevrolet and Pontiac automobiles got here collectively. The Vega, Monza, Cavalier, Cobalt, Cruze, and Pontiacs just like the Sunbird and Sunfire have been made within the Common Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
Regarded upon because the place the place high-volume, low-margin value leaders have been constructed, integrity wasn’t a difficulty. Driving a Sunbird on the I-880 Freeway close to Oakland, California, when visitors got here to a halt, the Lincoln Continental driver hadn’t seen till it was too late, hitting the Pontiac and folding it up like an accordion. Whereas the automotive was totaled, I emerged with out a scratch, due to the women and men of Lordstown.
Protecting that in thoughts, it’s comprehensible why Lordstown founder and CEO, Steve Burns, selected this meeting plant to create the Endurance. A devoted workforce comprised of skilled laborers, technicians, and engineers, Lordstown was in operation from 1966 to 2019 below GM’s aegis, then idled for what employees would name a changeover. Lordstown Motors purchased the 785-acre, 6.2-million sq. foot facility to fabricate the world’s first full-size, all-electric pickup for industrial fleet use.
Burns stated, “Receiving 100,000 pre-orders from industrial fleets is unprecedented in automotive historical past. Including the curiosity we now have acquired from federal, state, municipal and navy fleets on prime of that, I believe you possibly can see why we really feel that we’re about to revolutionize the pickup truck trade.”
The Endurance is a full-size, all-electric pickup with a projected vary of 250 miles, the equal of 600 horsepower, and the power to tow as much as 7,500 kilos. The Endurance will initially are available in a crew cab configuration with a medium-length mattress, priced at $45,000 after federal rebate. With prototype and alpha builds concluded, Lordstown’s first beta Endurance automobiles are being constructed, and the corporate says it’s on monitor to start out manufacturing in September.
We’ve not acquired an invite to check drive an Endurance, nor to place one via its paces at Holly Oaks Off-Freeway Car Park close to Detroit, however we’re standing by simply in case.
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