Lordstown Motors has confirmed it will unveil a new battery-electric commercial van this summer, which could serve as a rival to General Motors’ upcoming BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van.
The Lordstown Motors Electric Van is “in development with plans to be unveiled in June and production starting in the second half of 2022,” the Ohio-based startup said in a press release this week.
The van will share a body-on-frame platform with the Lordstown Endurance fleet pickup truck and will use four in-wheel hub motors, providing an all-wheel drivetrain. The automaker also says the vehicle will have “low ground clearance,” and “class-leading range,” though it stopped short of providing exterior dimensions or an estimated range figure.
The electric van will serve as the basis for the previously announced all-electric RV that Lordstown Motors is currently developing in partnership with American retailer Camping World. The electric RV will serve as an “initial use case,” for the van platform, the automaker said.
Lordstown Motors has not revealed how much it expects the nameless electric van to cost, but it did say it “will be priced competitively with comparable internal combustion-based vans.” Pricing for the Lordstown Endurance starts at $52,500.
The Lordstown Endurance pickup, which will be closely related to the automaker’s forthcoming electric van, boasts a peak output of 600 horsepower, giving it a respectable 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds. The 109-kWh lithium-ion battery provides an estimated driving range of around 250 miles. The battery takes around 10 hours to charge from 20 percent to 80 percent capacity using an 11-kW AC Level 2 charger, while using a Level 3 DC fast charger will lower the charge time to around one and a half hours.
Lordstown Motors is currently operating out of the former GM Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio, which the Detroit-based automaker sold to the EV company for an undisclosed sum back in 2019. Beta prototypes for the Endurance will begin rolling off the assembly line at the facility next month, with full series production set to kick off this September.