Lordstown Motors Has Now Recalled More Pickups Than It Has Sold

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Lordstown has had more than a bumpy road since Vice President Mike Pence took the stage at its coming out party in 2020. The company scaled back its grand plans for fleet EV domination, and as of early January, it had built just 31 trucks and sold six due to delays caused by supply chain shortages. Now, the company is recalling 19 of its Endurance pickup trucks for a potential electrical issue that could cause a loss of propulsion.

The automaker idled production at its Lordstown, Ohio factory until it could fix the issue, but did not share a timeline for the process. Though it’s easy to crap on Lordstown for stumbling so quickly out of the gate, remember that Ford recently halted F-150 Lightning production for a potential fire issue.

Lordstown wasn’t exactly on solid ground before this mess. The company has had production issues and a management shakeup, and that was before it built any trucks. Wall Street is understandably skeptical, causing the automaker’s stock price to tumble by around nine percent. 

The Endurance electric pickup has made news several times, not only for the delays but for its innovative electric hub design. Even so, the truck won’t be sitting in your driveway anytime soon, as it’s intended solely for commercial buyers. 

[Image: Lordstown Motors]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 23, 2023

    Is it a Chinese (owned) company? Like Nio and etc?

    • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Feb 24, 2023

      No, they're American, owned by a SPAC named DiamondPeak Holdings. They bought the design and tooling for the Workhorse W-15 pickup from Workhorse, and Workhorse held a 10 percent stake for a while. Foxconn owns the plant now, and is building the trucks as a contract manufacturer, like they do with iPhones.

  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Feb 24, 2023

    What production exactly have they halted? 31 trucks built? That is not production, that is, at best, pre-pilot runs.

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Feb 24, 2023

    If any company could ever be called a hot mess, it's this one.

  • Maurice Ward Maurice Ward on Feb 26, 2023

    The fact that they achieved full Homologation in late 2022 shows they have some knowledge. Making cars is hard. Developing a 3 ton car around in-wheel tech adds complexity as few people understand the tech well. Even with 30 cars in the real world they can learn a lot. Hopefully this is just a production halt & they can get back into production soon.