Lordstown Motors has started to prepare its Ohio assembly plant to begin production of beta prototypes for its upcoming Endurance battery-electric pickup truck.
In a statement, Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns revealed the company is “hard at work in the factory preparing to begin Beta builds in the coming weeks,” and expects the first beta prototype to be complete in early March.
“With this step on the horizon, we remain on track to meet our September start-of-production timeline while continuing to see indicators of strong demand for an all-wheel drive, full-size electric pickup truck with 250 miles of range from commercial, government and military fleets,” he said.
Lordstown Motors will build a total of 57 beta prototypes, which will be used for crash, engineering and validation testing. The company will also send a handful of these prototypes to some of its initial fleet customers to get their feedback on the truck’s design and performance.
The Lordstown Endurance is a fully-electric pickup truck designed for fleet usage. The pickup is powered by four in-wheel hub motors, which together have a maximum system output of around 600 horsepower, and can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge. The truck will at first be available in Crew Cab configuration with a medium length bed, with prices starting from $52,500 USD.
Lordstown Motors previously enlisted the help of Camping World to provide service support for the Endurance. The company says it is still “continuing its review of plans to utilize Camping World’s extensive footprint and service expertise to ensure nationwide service coverage for all Lordstown vehicles,” and will provide more details on the partnership in the near future.
The Endurance will be built at the former Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio, which General Motors sold to the start-up for an undisclosed sum in late 2019. In addition to the main vehicle assembly line, the facility will also house full production lines for the Endurance’s advanced battery packs and hub motors.
The first production-ready Lordstown Endurance trucks are expected to roll off the assembly line in Q3 of this year.