Electric Vehicles

First Look: All-electric Lordstown Endurance pickup truck interior revealed

With the interior of the truck, Lordstown didn't look to reinvent the wheel.

Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstown Motors has revealed the first renderings of the inside of its all-electric pickup truck. The Lordstown Endurance will feature a look familiar to truck enthusiasts with some unique touches.

It looks like the cabin is outfitted in a mix of gray and black materials. There is a fair amount of visible molded hard plastic surfaces though the model is no less attractive inside than the most modern Chevy Silverado.

Door, window, and mirror controls all appear basic but functional. It looks to come with automatic locks, with a physical locking mechanism next to the door handle.

2021 Lordstown EnduranceThe full-size truck appears to have a traditional interior.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

On the driver's side, it appears that the leftmost vent is pointed directly at the driver with no way to adjust it from side to side or open to close. It rests in a swath of piano black plastic that extends across the entire width of the vehicle to the opposing side's vent, where there's a matching vent.

The steering wheel appears to be made of urethane though it has haptic controls for volume, cruise control, seeking, Mode (drive mode?), a map, information, bluetooth, and phone call pickup/hangup. The Lordstown logo is front and center.

In front of the driver is a large screen that runs all the way across to where the infotainment screen is traditionally located. Whether this will be one large screen like in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade or two separate screens under one housing remains to be seen.

Below that are more vents, this time overly adjustable, and climate controls that appear easy enough to navigate at first glance.

2021 Lordstown EnduranceThe 2021 Lordstown Endurance is an all-electric pickup truck.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

The center console has a rotary shifter up front with toggle for the parking brake and traction control directly behind it. Beyond is the push-button start, which is adjacent to a slot that looks big enough to hold a smartphone and two cupholders. The center console armrest is raised but does not appear to be plushly padded.

Seats appear to be upholstered in gray cloth on the two front bucket seats, a material similar to what is found on the door panels, dashboard, and center console. It looks like the driver's seat is at least six-way power-adjustable.

Dark floor carpeted mats sit on the floor embroidered with the company's logo.

Door pockets include bottle holders and additional storage space.

At first glance, it appears that the rearview mirror is a rearview camera mirror, based on its thickness and lack of toggle switch. Visors offer cutouts for items to be clipped to them and overhead lights have look to have traditional functionality.

The truck is the first product from the company, which announced their intent in 2019 to build 20,000 trucks in 2021.

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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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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USPS orders almost $3 billion in new mail trucks

The new mail trucks are scheduled to hit the streets next year.

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Your mail carrier is about to get a huge transportation upgrade. The United States Postal Services (USPS) is retiring its current fleet of mail trucks, many of which have been on the road for more than 30 years. The Oshkosh Defense Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) is expected to hit the streets in 2023, and will mark a big step forward in safety, comfort, and even styling for the classic mail truck.

The $2.98 billion order is for 50,000 vehicles, around 10,000 of which will be electric - more than double the original number of EVs expected in the contract. The USPS' current fleet contains nearly 200,000 vehicles, many of which have been on the road for decades. They lack current safety features, are massively inefficient, and have long been a maintenance nightmare. The new trucks will be able to carry larger loads and will offer basic comfort and convenience features, such as air conditioning, a camera system, and traction control.

Oshkosh NGDVThe new vehicles offer numerous upgrades over the previous model. USPS

Even with the steep increase in the number of EVs, the USPS deal is still heavily tilted toward gas-powered trucks. As Reutersnotes, 80 percent of the trucks purchased will be powered by internal combustion engines. The Postal Service estimates its 20-year costs at $9.3 billion for gas mail trucks and $11.6 billion for EVs. Those numbers cover 75,000 new trucks and includes fuel, maintenance, and related costs.

Oshkosh won the USPS contract in 2021 after a years-long selection process. Controversy over the deal began almost immediately, as many were surprised at the number of gas vehicles. The current Grumman LLVs (long-life vehicles) were only intended to run for 24 years, but at this point, all of them have served much longer than that. A fleet of gas powered mail trucks purchased today could theoretically still be on the road deep into the 2040s, at which point most major automakers will have shifted to EVs.

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