Lordstown Motors unveiled Thursday a prototype of its electrical future, a pickup truck with 4 in-wheel hub motors and some different options all aimed squarely at attracting contractors and different consumers within the industrial market.
The unveiling by this one-year-old Ohio startup didn’t get too deep into the small print concerning the electrical pickup truck referred to as Endurance. There wasn’t any info on the inside, efficiency or battery. The total second half of the occasion took a 90-degree flip away from the truck and centered on its particular visitor, Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke for 25 minutes about President Trump’s insurance policies on jobs and manufacturing, China and the COVID-19 response.
Before Pence took the stage, some new info was shared, together with feedback concerning the hub electrical motors and a partnership with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The corporations agreed to collaborate on tires and repair. Goodyear stated it additionally intends to amass new Endurance automobiles to combine into its personal servicing fleet.
It additionally seems that at the least the primary 12 months of manufacturing capability is spoken for — at the least if each buyer who pre-ordered the truck follows by way of and plunks down at the least $52,500 to purchase one.
Lordstown Motors stated various potential prospects which have despatched letters of intent together with AutoFlexFleet, Clean Fuels Ohio, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy, GridX, Holman Enterprises and ARI, Summit Petroleum, Turner Mining Group and Valor Holdings in addition to a number of Ohio municipalities.
Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns stated Thursday the corporate already obtained 20,000 pre-orders for the truck, basically its total deliberate manufacturing capability for the 12 months. The firm has stated it plans to supply 20,000 electrical industrial vehicles yearly, beginning in 2021, on the former GM Assembly Plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The startup, an offshoot of Burns’ different firm Workhorse Group, acquired the 6.2 million square-foot manufacturing unit final 12 months. Workhorse holds a 10% stake in Lordstown Motors.
“As the preorders proceed to come back in, we’re planning to ramp up manufacturing to fulfill the demand and get the vehicles on the street as shortly and as responsibly as attainable,” Burns stated.
The first vehicles shall be delivered in late summer season 2021, the corporate stated. That’s a brief timeline for such a brand new firm. However, Lordstown wasn’t beginning at mile zero. Burns stated that beneath its settlement with GM, the manufacturing unit was left largely intact.
“We didn’t need to construct a plant and populate it with robots — we simply need to reconfigure this plant and that’s what we’re busy in right here doing,” Burns stated.
The Endurance will begin at $52,500, has an EPA estimated 250 miles of vary and 4 in-hub electrical motors, an essential practical element that ought to ship totally different quantities of torque to every wheel as wanted. It’s a system which may come in useful whereas off-roading or navigating a muddy work web site. It’s additionally the truck’s largest innovation, in accordance with Burns.
“Our battery is, after all crucial in a truck this measurement, however the huge innovation is these hub motors,” Burns stated in the course of the occasion. “There are solely 4 transferring components within the drivetrain of this car and people are the 4 wheels. Just to place that in perspective, modern-day four-wheel drive pickup truck has hundreds of transferring components — the pistons, the valves, the crank shaft, the differential, the gears, the driveshaft, the U joints, hundreds of transferring components — and each transferring half must be lubricated and each transferring half is a lower in effectivity.”
The four hub electrical motor system that Lordstown has pursued strips out a number of the complexity — which assist simplify and decrease the price of manufacturing — and offers a low heart of gravity.
The car additionally features a few options designed for contractors, together with an onboard energy export to let an proprietor run energy instruments proper from their truck with out the necessity for a transportable generator or leaving the truck operating.