Lordstown claims the electric pickup has the "most robust skateboard ever conceived or built."
Back in the summer, US startup company Lordstown Motors tried to steal the thunder from the new Ford F-150 by debuting the new Endurance electric pickup on the same day. Considering it's less established than its competitors, Lordstown will face some tough competition from other electric pickups that will soon flood the market such as the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian RT1, Bolinger B1, and the all-electric F-150.
However, Lordstown has already made impressive progress. Just one year ago, Lordstown took over the former General Motors plant in Ohio where the Chevrolet Cruze used to be built.
Now, prototype testing of a moving Endurance pickup truck has already begun. In a new video released by Lordstown, we get to see the Endurance truck's skateboard platform take some serious punishment.
To create more space for the batteries, the Endurance will be the first EV on the market with electric motors mounted in the hubs instead of the chassis. Lordstown claims this is the most "robust skateboard ever conceived or built." To put this bold claim to the test, the naked alpha skateboard platform, chassis, wheel motors, and low-mounted battery pack were put through some extreme testing on a closed course with CEO Steve Burns behind the wheel of an open test rig.
It's an impressive showcase of the skateboard's durability, as the suspension and motors withstand the challenging mud, wet, and snowy conditions. It also looks like a lot of fun if the exposed driver doesn't mind getting cold, muddy and wet.
Technical specifications for the Endurance haven't been confirmed, but the four electric motors are expected to produce around 600 horsepower, 2,000 lb-ft of continuous torque, and 4,400 lb-ft of peak torque. On a single charge, the Endurance will reportedly last around 250 miles. According to Lordstown, beta build testing for the Endurance will begin in January 2021 before customer deliveries begin in September the same year.