By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We wrote earlier about Endurance, the electric pickup truck. It’s the genius of startup builder Lordstown Motors. The company has formed an alliance with Camping World to act as a seller and service point for the coming EVs. Now the air is crackling with more news of the electric pickup.
Earlier this week, Lordstown crowed that it now has 100,000 reservations for its new pickem’up. How does that translate to orders? While the interest shown is significant, like Grampa always said, “Don’t count your money until it’s in your fist.” The “reservations” are non-binding.
Interestingly, the average potential customer (if they follow through) is buying 600 trucks each. We’re not sure how many RVers would buy more than one pickup, let alone 600 of them. It seems all these reservations are from commercial fleet operators. Government entities have expressed interest but can’t place an “order” until the truck is actually in production, which won’t be until later this year.
While production hasn’t yet fired up, Lordstown does have a prototype truck (pictured). You’ll note it is a full-size rig, which the company is promoting as “designed for fleet operation.” Note those words, if you will. They may become significant to RVers and other family-type buyers down the road. Will you need endurance if you buy Endurance, the electric pickup?
The claimed range of Endurance is 250 miles. Once again, we point out that’s not too many miles for a recreationist. In the world of fleet operations, 250 miles is great. We can imagine a plumbing contractor employee tossing his tools in the back and heading off to a few local job sites. Trot around town or out a bit in the county, and at day’s end, plug ‘er in for an overnight charge.
With a projected tow capacity of 7,500 pounds, there are some towable RVs that could fit into the picture. But what happens to the projected 250-mile range when that kind of load is dropped down on the hitch? We find it quite interesting that Camping World is hitching up to the Endurance star, since Lordstown itself promotes the truck for fleet use.
Do you want Endurance, the electric pickup? Beta test units will soon be hitting the road. We’re not sure how Lordstown will determine who gets the Beta units, but it would definitely be interesting if a few RVers were selected for the job. Then come September, when Endurance rolls onto the streets for the general public, we’d have a better idea of just how much endurance there really is.
Photo credit: Lordstown Motors via fool.com