Lordstown tops 100k commercial pre-orders
Production to start in September in former Cruze plant
Upstart electric pickup-maker Lordstown Motors, who set up shop in the former Chevrolet Cruze plant in Ohio say they now have more than 100,000 pre-orders for their Endurance electric truck. More impressive, the company said that the orders are from commercial fleets rather than individual buyers.
“Receiving 100,000 pre-orders from commercial fleets for a truck like the Endurance is unprecedented in automotive history,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Lordstown Motors. While Burns didn’t identify the companies that had placed pre-orders, he said that the average order size was nearly 600 vehicles per fleet. He added that the pre-orders did not include federal, state, municipal, or military fleets, though he expressed that there had been interest from operators of those types of vehicle fleet.
The figure is double what Lordstown reported in November, though it may not be the full picture of the number of orders the company has. They specify the 100,000 figure as being those “from commercial fleets.” The orders are non-binding, meaning that as production trucks arrive the number could fluctuate. The figure also doesn’t include consumer pre-orders, as Lordstown is currently taking those with a refundable US $100 deposit.
The Lordstown Endurance is a full-size electric pickup that has a quoted range of 405 km, making 600 hp and able to tow up to 7,500 lbs. The automaker is currently building beta prototype vehicles and says that the crew-cab pickup is still on track to start production in September of this year.