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Friday, 22 May 2020 22:58

GM’s Former Plant in Lordstown, OH, Will Return to Mass Vehicle Production, Thousands of Jobs

Written by Jamie LaReau, Detroit Free Press
Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns inside the former GM Lordstown Assembly plant, which his company purchased and is retooling to make the all-electric Endurance pickup truck.  Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns inside the former GM Lordstown Assembly plant, which his company purchased and is retooling to make the all-electric Endurance pickup truck.  Courtesy Lordstown Motors

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On May 18, GM got site approval from the Lordstown Planning Commission and it can start pouring concrete next month, Flores said. Still, that plant won't be ready in time for the Endurance assembly line which starts next year. 

 

"So the initial couple years, it would not be GM's cells, but I don’t ever rule anything out," Burns said. "We are buying them now from a national cell maker that we haven’t announced yet.”

 

Also helping Lordstown get going are some outside consulting firms. For about the last year, it has relied on a consulting company in Detroit, but Burns was not authorized to release the company's name. It has about 104 engineers working on developing the Endurance.

 

Lordstown Motors also has a design firm in California that works on the exterior design for the Endurance and a “major interior company” in Detroit working on the interior.

 

“Then, you’ve got the safety engineers, the lighting engineers, and we’re reprogramming robots as we speak to do the Endurance parts rather than the Cruze parts," Burns said. "That’s a big orchestrated, choreographed dance to make a vehicle. But the Endurance is going to be better than we thought."

 

The Endurance is designed for fleet sales. It is a lightweight, all-wheel drive vehicle with a low center of gravity built using components licensed from electric truck maker Workhorse of suburban Cincinnati. It has a computerized motor in each of its wheels to propel it and gets the equivalent of 75 miles per gallon. Its range is 250 miles on one charge, Burns said.

 

The Endurance is eligible for the $7,500 instant tax rebate, so its price tag drops to $45,000.

 

The projected volume for first year of production is 20,000 vehicles, Burns said, and based on initial interest, "I think we’ll have well, well north of the 20,000 well spoken for. The demand side is super strong, I am starting to worry we won’t be able to make them fast enough."

 

About 2.5 million full-sized pickups were sold in the U.S. last year, according to Kelley Blue Book. There are no all-electric models offered yet, Burns said. He plans for Lordstown Motors to be out the gate first with the Endurance to capture a chunk of that market, which accounts for his ambitious employment goals.

 

“That plant was putting out more than 400,000 Cruzes a year," said Burns. "We think, because our vehicle is simpler to make, with only four moving parts, we think that plant is capable of putting out 600,000 vehicles a year."

 

We thank the Detroit Free Press for reprint permission.


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