We could be on the verge of a halcyon age for electric trucks, as Lordstown is officially throwing its hat into the ring by the end of June. CEO Steve Burns shared some more information in a recent blog post, sharing updates on what’s been happening at the company as well as a reveal date for its Endurance pickup. According to Burns’ statement, we’ll finally learn more about this electric truck during the week of June 22.
Lordstown originally planned to debut the truck at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that event was cancelled due to coronavirus. “It’s not how we’d envisioned unveiling the Endurance,” Burns said, “but in the absence of being able to gather a large crowd to see it in-person, this is the next best thing.”
As Lordstown inches closer to the Endurance reveal, its CEO also shared updates on the production facility. They are currently working on finalizing the prototype battery design and engineering its production line. The in-plant retooling for the truck’s body will begin this week, and the company has cleared out 200,000 square feet of the former General Motors plant to build the battery and motor lines.
What we know about the Endurance so far
From our previous reporting, there’s a fair amount we can already discuss about the Lordstown Endurance. These images show what the production model should look like, but small details are subject to change before the actual launch. Lordstown also previously stated that the Endurance EV will have a quad-motor configuration with 600 horsepower, or 150 horsepower per motor.
Not only will it have a decent amount of power, but the company also quotes 250 miles of EPA-rated driving range on a single charge. Level 2 charging using a 7.2-kWh AC plug should recharge 90 percent of the battery in about 10 hours, while using a Level 3 DC fast charger should take between 30 and 90 minutes. We don’t know the exact size of the battery pack, but those figures put the capacity somewhere around 100 kWh gross capacity, or about 80 to 90 kWh of usable energy — slightly less than a Tesla Model X. That’s not confirmed yet, but we will hopefully have more technical information within the next three weeks.
The Lordstown Endurance may carry a 80 mph top speed, as well as a 7,500 pound towing capacity.
The startup EV manufacturer has delayed the first Endurance deliveries into 2021, but has opened up pre-orders to interested customers. You can put down a $100 deposit now, while the final truck is expected to start somewhere around $52,500 before state and federal tax incentives.