In-wheel motors will be one of the key features of the upcoming Lordstown Endurance.
The first short video (recorded in early March at the Lordstown Complex in Ohio), teases the in-wheel electric motor, installed in an Alpha test vehicle with a donor body. We noted an intriguing sound of the motor.
The production vehicle will be equipped with four of these (one per wheel) for an ultimate all-wheel-drive system, rated at 600 hp (roughly 440 kW).
Video Description via Lordstown Motors on YouTube:
Test Track Video 1 : The Elements
Got Mud? The underbody camera shows the Endurance maneuvering through the mud and muck.
“Over the past 10 years we’ve developed a high degree of confidence in our In-Wheel Drive System. The system has been tested through every imaginable environment and has proven to be extremely durable. Such was the case when I drove the Alpha body for the first time.” -Steve
On March 3, 2020 Lordstown Motors President & CEO Steve Burns put our Endurance™ Alpha chassis - with a donor body - through a series of maneuvers on a test track. #RideWithLordstown
Here we captured a few more images of the prototype, from another fresh video, showing various maneuvers on a test track:
Lordstown Motors presentation
As a bonus, we attached a new video from the press event held on March 5, 2020, in which Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns presents the company and its goals (including to become a Tesla of Midwest).
The company has a huge manufacturing plant acquired from GM, and skilled workforce and talents from other manufacturers, including Tesla.
The plan envisions in-house production of battery packs (using about 6,000 cylindrical cells per pack in a Tesla style) and in-house developed in-wheel electric motors. The entire vehicle has to be simple and tough - as the name Endurance indicates - to keep the costs of purchase and maintenance low.
Here is a comparison of conventional chassis (on the right) and an early prototype of Lordstown Endurance chassis (left):
A quick look at the in-wheel hub motors:
Market launch in late 2020
The company continues to work to maintain its schedule, but of course, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, teams partially switched to remote work from homes.
We assume that there might be a delay on the horizon, just because of that.
Gallery: Lordstown Motors Endurance
2020 Lordstown Endurance info:
- at least 200 miles (320 km) of EPA range
- probably more than 70 kWh battery (roughly 6,000 cylindrical cells per pack)
- top speed of 80 mph (128 km/h)
- all-wheel drive with 4 in-wheel hub motors
- system output of 600 hp (roughly 440 kW)
- AC charging in 10 hours (7 kW, up to 95% SOC)
- DC charging in 0.5-1.5 hour
- Off-board power for tools and accessory (stationary) 3.6 kW (120V, 30 A)
- seating for 5
- towing capacity of 6,000 lbs (2,721 kg)
- Gradeability at GVW of 30%
- starting from $52,500 ($45,000 after deducting federal tax credit of $7,500)