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)