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Company to broker 1,000 Endurance pickups

LMC CEO Steve Burns presents a power point presentation to elected officials and guests in March at the former GM Lordstown plant. File photo by R. Michael Semple

To see the latest test video of the Lordstown Motors Corp. Endurance pickup truck, click this link

LORDSTOWN — A Florida-based company that specializes in charging stations for electric vehicles is committed to helping Lordstown Motors Corp. sell 1,000 of the battery-powered Endurance light duty trucks.

Lordstown Motors announced the partnership Tuesday, stating the Tampa company, Innervations, intends to broker the trucks to clients to convert their company fleets from gas or diesel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.

Already, Akron-based FirstEnergy has pledged to purchase 250 of the trucks for its fleet, and advanced fuels tech group Clean Fuels Ohio has committed help drive the sale of 500 Endurances. To do so, it has promised to educate fleet operators across Ohio on the benefits of electric vehicles and encourage them to buy from Lordstown Motors.

Lordstown Motors, in the announcement, stated it has letters of intent from customers across the U.S. — from governments, construction and security companies to landscapers and steel, natural gas and oil industries.

Meanwhile, the company still plans to reveal the Endurance this summer; it just can’t do so at the auto show in Detroit.

Since the 2020 North American International Auto Show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to repurpose the venue, the TCF Center in downtown Detroit, into a temporary field hospital, Lordstown Motors is developing an alternative plan.

“We’re working that out now and will have more details to share in the next month or so,” company spokesman Ryan Hallet said. “We are still planning on unveiling the Endurance early this summer.”

So far it appears the novel coronavirus hasn’t been too much of a disruption to the company’s late 2020 production plans. Work leading toward production has been geared toward engineering with plant retooling scheduled for the summer, but Hallett on Tuesday said the company is shifting plans by a month “to absorb likely delays due to stay-at-home orders and supplier production changes.”

Also Tuesday, the company released another short video clip of an Endurance chassis with donor body testing on a proving grounds in Michigan. The footage shows Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns on March 3 driving up a muddy 15 percent incline from a complete stop.

“A 15 percent grade on a wet, sloppy course can result in spinning tires and loss of control even when approached with momentum. Stopping on the hill, then restarting, increases the degree of difficulty,” Burns wrote on the video posted to Lordstown Motors’ Facebook page. “Notice that the tires do not spin or slip in this test. Our in-wheel drive system monitors each wheel– every millisecond — and provides precise control and power where and when it is needed.”

The video is also posted to the company’s YouTube channel.

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