LORDSTOWN, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lordstown Motors Corp. (Nasdaq: RIDE), (“Lordstown Motors” or the “Company”), an original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) of electric light duty vehicles focused on the commercial fleet market, today announced:
- Lordstown EnduranceTM full-size battery-electric pickup truck has achieved full homologation, a key condition to start sales
- EPA and CARB certification has been received
- FMVSS crash and non-crash testing successfully completed
- First customer vehicles leaving the Foxconn EV Ohio plant for delivery
- EnduranceTM advanced to finalist in the North American Truck of the Year competition
Lordstown Motors is pleased to announce that our EnduranceTM full-size battery electric pickup truck has achieved full homologation. Certification has been received from both the EPA and CARB. These were the key conditions to start customer sales. The first units, of our initial batch of 500, are leaving the Foxconn EV Ohio plant for customer delivery. As disclosed earlier, production volume will ramp slowly and accelerate as we resolve supply chain constraints.
“I am very proud of the Lordstown Motors and Foxconn EV Ohio team for their hard work, grit, and tenacity in achieving this milestone. We are very excited to start delivering vehicles to our commercial fleet customers. The EnduranceTM will provide benefits to customers that use their vehicles for work. It optimizes key attributes of traction and maneuverability - with our in-wheel hub motors, safety - with our five-star crash performance, and value in the segment,” said Edward Hightower, Lordstown CEO and President.
We are also excited to have advanced as a finalist in the North American Truck of the Year competition. We look forward to the judges’ announcement of the winner in January.
About Lordstown Motors Corp.
Lordstown Motors is an electric vehicle (EV) OEM developing innovative light duty commercial fleet vehicles, with the Endurance all electric pickup truck as its first vehicle and being launched in the Foxconn EV plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Lordstown Motors has engineering, research and development facilities in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Irvine, California. For additional information visit www.lordstownmotors.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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In addition, the transactions we entered into with Foxconn are subject to risks and uncertainties. No assurances can be given that we will successfully implement or that we will realize the anticipated benefits from these transactions with Foxconn, including the contract manufacturing agreement, funding arrangements and development plans. If we are unable to develop new vehicles for ourselves and potentially other customers, our business prospects, results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected. If we are unable to maintain our relationship with Foxconn or effectively manage outsourcing the production of the Endurance to Foxconn, we may be unable to ensure continuity, quality, and compliance with our design specifications or applicable laws and regulations, which may ultimately disrupt and have a negative effect on our production and operations.
We will need additional funding and will seek strategic partnerships to execute our business plan and to achieve scaled production of the Endurance and development of other vehicles. There can be no assurance that such financing or partnerships would be available to us on favorable terms or at all, due to several factors, including market and economic conditions, the significant amount of capital required, the fact that our bill of materials cost is currently, and expected to continue to be, substantially higher than our anticipated selling price, uncertainty surrounding regulatory approval and the performance of the vehicle, meaningful exposure to material losses related to ongoing litigation and the SEC investigation, our performance and investor sentiment with respect to us and our business and industry. Additional information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of the Company and its forward-looking statements is included in its most recent Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Lordstown Motors undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.