And there’s a reason for that.
First, at least initially, this is going to be a fleet truck. In other words, it’s not meant for retail customers, and you can’t just go to a dealership and buy one or order it online. Second, the Lordstown Endurance has been fighting an uphill battle with financing and production since being revealed in 2020.
However, in early November, Lordstown Motors received a massive investment from Foxconn, a multinational electronics contract manufacturer based in Taiwan, and is finally delivering its first batch of electric trucks to customers.
And by first batch, let’s be clear, Lordstown intends to deliver 50 trucks by the end of the year, with 450 more going out in the first half of 2023.
Built in a defunct General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, the Endurance features four wheel-in-hub motors and a 109 kWh lithium ion battery. The Lordstown Motors website doesn’t have too much spec information on this truck, but after a brief opportunity to drive the Lordstown Endurance at the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year semi-finalist drive and obtaining a spec sheet, here’s what we know.
It will deliver 440 horsepower, cost about $64k and have an all-electric range of around 200 miles.
Some other specs of note:
Before you get huffy about the 200 miles of range, keep in mind this is a fleet truck with a specific purpose and likely a pre-set regular route that will fall well below this range. Additionally, the truck comes with fleet management software to ensure optimal driving routes, procedures and charging times.
Considering the base price of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro work truck is $54k, a full $10k less than the Lordstown Endurance, we have to ask: Is it worth it?
Well, frankly, that’s kind of hard to answer.
What I can say after having a brief time behind the wheel of a pre-pre-pre-production model and speaking to several of the employees is this: It’s definitely an interesting option.
Though the gauges and controls are basic, the infotainment screen is simple and works well. Plus, it has the bonus of redundant hard-button controls, so people with big fingers or gloves can still make selections. I thought the interior of Lordstown Endurance had a better fit and finish than the base Lightning Pro. I liked the look and feel of the textured materials on the dash, and the seating materials are work-ready without looking cheap. So, materials and finish on this truck are a win.
Moving to the outside, The Endurance has some cool and unique lighting signatures, a large frunk and in-bumper steps that allow for easy access to the bed. It doesn’t have a lot of gimmicks to suck you in, but it has all the right stuff to do truck things.
Lordstown had two Endurance trucks at the NACTOY semifinalist event for us to drive, and the one I drove was quiet and smooth — though there were some other jurors who said the truck they drove was the opposite. I’d like to chalk that up to a pre-production jitters.
Because Lordstown is still in its very early stages, it still has some bugs to work out – like the fact that the driver’s seat isn’t height adjustable. But for a simple, functional work truck, it does really well.
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Lordstown Motors and the Endurance will definitely be on our radar in 2023. We’ll look forward to more details on this truck as well as another stint behind the wheel. Plus, we’ll be very curious to hear what those first 500 fleet customers have to say.
While actual value will be in the eye of the buyer, let’s not forget Foxconn, which is also one of the largest iPhone makers, is committed to backing Lordstown Motors. So, while a lot of people are betting Lordstown won’t make it, I think it has a fighting chance.
Enjoyed the detailed well done review.
The biggest benefit the Endurance has over any other fleet vehicle is it’s simple maintenance. The Endurances hub motors means there is very little maintenance that is required. A motor can be swapped out in less that a 1/2 hour with basic tools and a jack.