EV startup Lordstown Motors stated on April 18 it resumed manufacturing and deliveries of its Endurance electrical pickup truck this month after a pause in February to handle high quality points.
Lordstown Motors made the announcement in passing in a press launch a few new settlement with Amerit Fleet Options for service and upkeep for its fleet prospects.
“Manufacturing and deliveries resumed in April 2023 after a pause earlier within the 12 months to handle provider high quality points and are anticipated to proceed at a really low tempo.”
The Lordstown Endurance started business manufacturing on the Foxconn EV Ohio meeting plant in Q3 2022, and gross sales adopted in This autumn 2022.
In late February 2023, the corporate stated it had made solely 31 Endurance automobiles on the market and recalled 19 automobiles from these delivered to prospects and people getting used internally.
The recall was brought on by a high-voltage cable between the inverter and motor that “could expertise a fault that causes a lack of drive energy and the automobile can’t be restarted as soon as turned off.”
In mid-March 2023, Lordstown introduced one other recall for 5 of the 31 Endurance vehicles produced. The second recall was brought on by the electrical parking brake which could fail as a result of defective thrust washers had been fitted to the calipers.
After beginning manufacturing in late September 2022, the corporate stated it anticipated to ship 50 vehicles to prospects in 2022, and 450 within the first half of 2023, topic to elevating enough capital. In actuality, Lordstown Motors managed to ship solely three Endurance electrical vehicles in 2022 and a further three in early 2023.
In January 2023, the corporate forecast manufacturing would sluggish by the primary quarter because of supply-chain constraints, particularly associated to the provision of hub motor elements.
EV startups have been combating manufacturing challenges and diminishing money balances as entry to capital tightens amid rising US rates of interest to curb inflation.
The Lordstown Endurance featurs 4 particular person in-wheel hub motors that ship a mixed 550 horsepower and may propel the truck from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The motors draw energy from a 109-kilowatt-hour battery that may DC quick cost at as much as 150 kilowatts. The electrical pickup not too long ago obtained an EPA vary score of 174 miles.