Watch Lordstown's EV Motors Shrug Off Punishment In Extreme Testing

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"All the motors that came off the crash test vehicles still function."

Formed in 2018, electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors is a relatively new name on the automotive landscape. With a steadfast focus on electric pickup trucks, the Ohio-based company is hoping to take the EV market by storm, with a keen eye on Tesla and other startups, Lucid and Rivian.

The company has been plagued with myriad obstacles, ranging from supply issues delaying production to lawsuits related to former employees. Questionable business affairs aside, Lordstown took to Twitter recently, demonstrating the extreme durability testing its vehicles' components and electric motors are put through.

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"The event of a motor [failure] is fairly unlikely," says Mark Takacs. The director of engineering for hub motors continues, explaining that Lordstown carries out a lot of durability testing on its motors. "One of the more interesting facts is that all the motors that came off the crash test vehicles still function."

Takacs explains the motors go through several testing cycles to ensure they operate in hot and cold weather, but also under intense vibration. "One of the more interesting tests is a 100 g shock test. Testing company Elaphe carries out the tough assessments, with Takacs remarking, "They do 40 instances of 100 times gravity shock load on the motor and it functions fine." Visuals from the video (see tweet above) also shows the electric motor being submerged in saltwater.

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Tough pickup trucks need to be able to perform in extreme weather conditions, so Lordstown subjects the electric motors to extreme cold to ensure durability. "We freeze the motor for 24 hours and then turn [the] power on. Ice [has accumulated] on the motor; when it's turned on all the ice breaks off. It's very durable."

In October 2021, Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn purchased the factory from which Lordstown Motors gained its name. Sold for $230 million, Foxconn has agreed to build the still-to-be-released Endurance pickup truck at their newly-acquired plant. Although they're separate companies, Fisker will also build electric vehicles at the plant in the near future.

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