The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck has achieved full homologation, as well as EPA and CARB certification. Additionally, FMVSS crash and non-crash testing has been successfully completed.
This means that the battery electric pickup is now certified to begin customer sales. As a result, a few vehicles are currently leaving the Foxconn EV Ohio plant for delivery.
“I am very proud of the Lordstown Motors and Foxconn EV Ohio team for their hard work, grit, and tenacity in achieving this milestone,” said Lordstown CEO and President Edward Hightower. “We are very excited to start delivering vehicles to our commercial fleet customers. The Endurance will provide benefits to customers that use their vehicles for work. It optimizes key attributes of traction and maneuverability – with our in-wheel hub motors, safety – with our five-star crash performance, and value in the segment.”
These first few Lordstown Endurance pickups currently en route to customers began production in late September. For now, production is extremely slow, as Lordstown fights with supply chain difficulties. However, the Ohio-based manufacturer expects to deliver 500 examples of the EV pickup by the end of summer 2023.
For those unaware, the Lordstown plant has undergone quite the rollercoaster ride in the past few years. Initially, GM operated the Lordstown plant in Ohio, where the Chevy Cruze was built. However, after GM decided to shut down production of the plant, the Detroit-based automaker sold the plant to EV startup Lordstown Motors. As part of the deal, General Motors received roughly eight million shares for selling the plant as a discounted rate.
This is where things start to get interesting. Following a short-seller report in early 2021, GM sold its stake in Lordstown Motors, while cofounder and CEO Steve Burns ultimately resigned as a result of said report. After this, Lordstown Motors began acquisition talks with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn, who ended up purchasing the Lordstown plant for $230 million while investing an additional $50 million in Lordstown Motors. Foxconn’s purchase was completed in May.