Lordstown Motors Corp., an independent electric vehicle manufacturer, announced this week it is delaying plans to deliver the first units of its electric pickup truck as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the company.
Initial deliveries have been pushed back from December 2020 to January 2021, said Steve Burns, CEO and founder of Lordstown Motors Corp., in a blog post.
The all-electric Endurance pickup was scheduled to be introduced this June in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. “As many of you know, the show has been cancelled, but I wanted to let you know that we still plan on introducing the Endurance sometime in early summer, probably via a virtual reveal from our headquarters in Lordstown,” Burns said in the post.
The Endurance is designed to serve the commercial pickup truck market. In November, Lordstown purchased the GM manufacturing complex in Lordstown, Ohio to produce the Endurance. Earlier this month, Lordstown reported it received a letter of intent for the purchase of 1,000 Endurance units from Innervations, a Florida-based maker of EV chargers.
Lordstown reported it has “received letters of intent from customers across the country, including government entities, fleet management organizations, construction companies, security companies, landscapers and grounds crews, and those working in the fields of steel, natural gas, oil and petroleum.”
Lordstown issued this statement to Fleet Forward regarding its Letters of Intent:
From a manufacturing perspective, at this point in our product launch schedule, there is no significant difference between an LOI from a fleet, an LOI from a broker, or a preorder from a consumer customer. Each is an indication to us and our partners of demand for and interest in the product as designed.
The Lordstown Motors sales team will continue in each case to turn the LOIs, broker agreements and individual preorders into binding sales orders, as the product is commercialized, performance specs are confirmed, and test drives are completed. At this point in our planning, it can be assumed that all vehicles will be delivered direct from Lordstown Motors Corp. to the customer.