Lordstown Ohio (June 15, 2020) – The Mahoning Valley in Ohio is fast-becoming the epicenter of electric vehicle development in the United States. Leading the charge in this “Voltage Valley” is Lordstown Motors…
Growingelectricvehicle OEMlocated in the heart of Ohio’s“VoltageValley” bolstersits commitment to U.S. automotive manufacturing by contracting American design firm to collaborate ondevelopment of its new EnduranceTMfully-electricpickup truck.
Lordstown, Ohio(June 15,2020) —The Mahoning Valley in Ohio is fast-becoming the epicenter of electric vehicle development in the United States.Leading the charge in this “Voltage Valley” is Lordstown Motors–the nation’s newest electric vehicle OEM, which assumed the6.2million squarefoot former General Motors plant in 2019 as its headquarters and production facility.
The enterprising company is fast-tracking plans to produce the Lordstown Endurancefully-electric pickup truck, which is slated for production later this year –becoming the firstU.S. automotive OEMin the race to produce the industry’s first fully-electric pickup truck,purpose-built for fleet use.
When it came to the design and prototyping of its leading new EV truck –Lordstown Motors sought a U.S. design firm that wouldstrengthen its commitment to American automotive development and manufacturing. The result was a strategic partnership formed with California-based Hydra Design Labs.
Founded in 2010 by veteran automotive designer Jon Hull, Hydra Design Labs is a full-service automotive design firmwith a team of experienced designers and specialists. With an average of over 30 years of OEM experience designing, modeling and prototyping vehicles, Hydra’s principal designersand specialists knew exactly what to bring to the Endurance project.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Lordstown Motors project, helpingmake history with the world’s first all-electric pickup truck,” said Jon Hull, founder and president of Hydra Design Labs. “Our goal with designing the Endurance was to create a rugged platform that could deliver on the demands of fleet-duty pickup. We were able to leverage the layout of the electric drivetrain to explore unique new design solutions.”
“A pickup truck design requiresa certain level of familiarityand utility, yet the Endurance is clearly a boldstep forward in terms of shape and form,” added Hull.
Hydra Design Labs collaborated with Lordstown Motors for the general design of the new Endurance EV pickup, including the interior and exterior of the vehicle –along with CAD design surfacing,scale modeling, and full-size prototyping. The firm’s design of the Endurancefor Lordstown Motors was unveiled to the public with renderings of the all-wheel drive truck model when images were released in May 2020.
Hydra Design Labs is actively working on a prototype show car for the Endurance, in partnership with Lordstown Motors. This full-scalemodel will be unveiled to the public towards the end of June. Production for the Endurance is scheduled for late 2020, with vehicle deliveriesbeginning in the first quarter of 2021
For more information on Lordstown Motors and the Endurance all-electric pickup truck, please visit: www.LordstownMotors.com.
For more information on Hydra Design Labs, please visit www.hydradesignlabs.com or follow @HydraDesignLabs at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
About Lordstown Motors
Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC) is an Ohio-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of light duty fleet vehicles, founded by CEO Steve Burns with the purpose of transforming Ohio’s Mahoning Valley and Lordstown, Ohio into the epicenter of electric-vehicle manufacturing. On November 7, 2019, LMC acquired the 785 acre, 6.2 million square foot GM Assembly Plant in Lordstown, Ohio from General Motors where they will build the Lordstown Endurance™, believed to be the world’s first fully-electric pickup truck. For additional information visit www.lordstownmotors.com.
About Hydra Design Labs
Hydra Design Labs is a complete one-stop solution for automotive OEMs, offering full vehicle design, fabrication and prototyping. Founded in 2010 by veteran automotive designer Jon Hull, Hydra’s team includes designers and specialists with decades of experience in automotive design, modeling, prototyping and more. With this OEM background and a world-class facility in Southern California, Hydra Design Labs is inspired to create tomorrow’s vehicles –taking creative designs from concept to production. For more information, visit www.hydradesignlabs.com.