Fresh off a beating from short-seller Hindenburg Research, Lordstown Motors has unveiled two beta versions of their Endurance pickup.
The company didn’t say much about them, but noted their creation marks a “significant milestone” on the path to production.
A total of 57 beta trucks will be built and Lordstown has previously said some of them will be used for “crash, engineering and validation testing.” Others are expected to be sent to potential customers, in order to get their feedback.
Lordstown went on to say they are dedicating their efforts to begin mass production in September. It remains unclear if the company will be able to achieve this goal, but the trucks look similar to the concept that was unveiled last summer. This is notable as Hindenburg Research cited a former employee who claimed the company was making “drastic” design modifications, which would put the Endurance 3-4 years away from production.
Only time will tell what happens, but the Endurance is slated to cost $52,500 – before incentives – and feature four in-wheel hub motors that produce a combined output of 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS). They’re set to be powered by a 109 kWh battery pack, which will enable the truck to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and travel more than 250 miles (402 km) on a single charge.