COVID-19 Delays Lordstown EV Pickup

April 22, 2020
The CEO of startup Lordstown Motors reported the economic disruption has not halted development of its Endurance electric vehicle, but the pickup truck will not debut in June as planned and first deliveries now are seen in January 2021.

Lordstown Motors Corp., the start-up manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, is "tweaking" its development and production plans as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a letter from CEO Stephen Burns. While the company had planned to introduce the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck in June at the 2020 North American Auto Show (now cancelled), Burns indicated that unveiling now will take place "sometime in early summer, probably via a virtual reveal from our headquarters in Lordstown (Ohio)"

The CEO also explained that the first deliveries of the Endurance models have been postponed from December 2020 to January 2021.

Burns assured that the group's design engineers continue testing and fine-tuning the technology that will power the Endurance, and that "essential maintenance is still happening at the plant".

Lordstown Motors was established in 2019, with an EV technology licensing agreement from Workhorse Group (which holds a 10% stake.) Lordstown was formed by Workhorse CEO Burns to acquire the General Motors' idled passenger car assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it plans to manufacture a revised, pickup version of the Workhorse W-15 battery-powered panel van.

Lordstown Motors is taking deposits for the Endurance, which it intends to be the first dedicated EV pickup with four in-hub motors, for a combined 600 hp. Details of the battery technology are incomplete, but Lordstown has said the Endurance will be able to be recharged with a Level 2 7-kW AC charger (in 10 hours) or with Level 3 DC charging (in 30-90 min.) Vehicle range is rated at 200 miles.

A supplementary power unit will provide 3.6 kW at 120 volts, 30 amps, for tools and accessories.

The Endurance will seat five passengers and reach a top speed of 80 mph, with 6,000 lbs. towing capacity.