You are not a self-respecting electric car manufacturer if you do not have a pickup in your catalog. This idea seems to circulate in the automotive sector in recent months, with the determination of so many brands to bet on this market. Proof of this is Tesla with Cybertruck, Rivian, Nikola Badger or Neuron EV among others. All of them are now joined by a new player, Lordstown with his Endurance pickup.
Lordstwon is an electric car maker with a very short life history, emerged last year by comparing the Lordstown (US) factory to General Motors. These few months of life have been enough to bring to light a functional prototype of your future electric pickup. Its star feature? Place four motors on the wheels of the car.
$ 52,500 in exchange for a pickup with 400 km of autonomy
If we start with the exterior design of the vehicle, there is practically nothing that differentiates it from what one expects for a pickup. It highlights the front with almost everything covered and those black bands without much sense beyond trying to reflect a modern style for the truck. However, considering that the vehicle is intended to be sold to companies and for work, it is not that design is a determining factor.
Of that external design one of the details that stands out is that of the wheels, with “something” on the rims. That something is the engine of the pickup, it has an electric one in each of its wheels. Fitting a wheel hub motor is not something new, it has been done for a long time on scooters for example. However, never before had he bet directly and clearly on it in a car, especially in one of such a size.
Wheel motors have the advantage that they are propelled directly by being built into the wheel axle. The problem may be in the resistance and performance they get to have to endure impacts and sudden movements directly on the wheels and without damping. It will be interesting to see how Lordstown solves this in his Endurance truck.
Be that as it may, these engines promise a towing capacity of about 3,400 kilograms and a peak power of 600 horsepower. Speed on the other hand will be limited to 128 kilometers per hour. Turning to its battery, Lordstown promises an EPA cycle range of over 250 miles, which for the rest of the world means about 400 kilometers. Charging your battery requires around 10 hours.
The truck has a starting price of $ 52,500. In the demo of the operation of the car they have ensured that they already have a total of 14,000 reservations made. Reservations because the Endurance can not yet be purchased, will begin to be manufactured next year, although they have not given specific dates. The race for the best electric pickup at the moment is taking place to see who puts it on the market first.