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Ohio-based Lordstown Motors reveals $52,000 Endurance all-electric pickup truck

The new trucks are expected to be on the road later this year.

Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstown Motors Corp. CEO Steve Burns, with a little help from Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, unveiled the 2021 Endurance all-electric pickup truck in Lordstown, Ohio this week.

The truck is the first product from the company, which announced their intent in 2019 to build 20,000 trucks in 2021. During the launch event, Lordstown Motors announced that they have received preorders and letters of intent that fulfill that goal. Those letters of intent are from Goodyear, AutoFlexFleet, the City of Bowling Green, the City of Warren, the City of Kent, Clean Fuels Ohio, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy, GridX, Holman Enterprises and ARI, Innervations, Lewis Energy, Lordstown Township, Momentum, ProLeasing Services, ServPro, SmartCone, Southgate Leasing Services, Summit County, OH, Summit Petroleum, Turner Mining Group, U-Go Stations, United States Infrastructure Company, and Valor Holdings, among others.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The model features four motors, one in each wheel.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

"Endurance isn't just the first all-electric pickup truck in America—it's a virtue the people of the Mahoning Valley have shown time and time again. For more than 50 years, this historic building was used to make literally millions of cars that were driven all around the world—from the '66 Impala to the Cavalier to the Cruze," said Vice President Pence in his speech, after taking the inaugural ride in the Endurance as it made its way to the stage.

"When I was governor next door in the state of Indiana, I used to say, 'in the Heartland we do two things well: we make things and we grow things.' Manufacturing workers like you are the backbone of this economy, and the Valley has some of the best in the world."

It was also announced that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Lordstown Motors have entered into a strategic partnership which sees the two Ohio-based companies collaborating on tires and service, as well as future intelligence opportunities.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The Endurance is the first truck coming to market from the company.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

The Lordstown Endurance runs only on electric power. It has a in-wheel drive system that utilizes four hub motors that work independently and cooperatively. Lordstown says that the company's motors are 95 percent efficient and deliver a 75MPGe rating.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, which effected the company's ability to re-tool the plant and product delays from suppliers, delivery of the first trucks has been delayed to late summer 2020.

The Endurance will cost $52,500 before tax credits. Pre-orders can be placed now on the company's website for a $100 deposit.

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GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

General Motors

Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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