LORDSTOWN — Upstart Lordstown Motors Corp. has manufactured the primary two beta prototypes of its battery-powered truck, the Endurance.
The corporate introduced the milestone Wednesday, calling it a “testomony to the arduous work, talent and work ethic of the five hundred Lordstown Motors associates,” in response to a press launch.
“They’re important to our success as we push forward producing the remainder of our 57 betas and dedicating our energies to starting mass manufacturing this September,” the corporate acknowledged.
Lordstown Motors introduced earlier this month after the primary beta prototypes are produced, it deliberate to supply one per day over the following two months. The betas shall be used for crash, engineering and validation testing.
The achievement comes as the corporate defends itself in opposition to a category motion lawsuit by traders alleging it gave deceptive and false details about preorders for the Endurance and September launch date.
Two traders filed particular person lawsuits in federal court docket. A decide Tuesday mixed the lawsuits into one, a minimum of for pretrial functions, in response to the court docket document. That ruling might lengthen to trial. The events have until subsequent week to object.
The corporate additionally finds itself complying with a probe by the U.S. Securities and Change Fee, which on Feb. 17 requested from Lordstown Motors paperwork associated to its October merger with New York-based DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a particular function acquisition firm.
Lordstown Motors launched that element and others associated to the inquiry in its March 25 annual report. The fee additionally sought paperwork and data associated to “Legacy Lordstown and pre-orders of automobiles,” in response to the report.
DiamondPeak, a particular function acquisition firm, acquired Lordstown Motors final 12 months with the aim of taking the startup public. Shares of the corporate started buying and selling Oct. 26 on the Nasdaq change.
The deal was to inject $675 million into the corporate for manufacturing of its electrical truck, the Endurance.
Lordstown Motors founder and CEO, Steve Burns, disclosed the SEC inquiry March 17 through the firm’s first-ever earnings convention name. The corporate’s board of administrators fashioned a particular committee to evaluation the matter.
The corporate additionally finds itself coping with scathing short-sellers report from New York Metropolis-based Hindenburg Analysis alleging Lordstown Motors misled its traders relating to preorders and manufacturing schedule for its battery-powered truck. The report additionally characterised the corporate as a mirage.
The lawsuits adopted the discharge the report by Hindenburg, well-known for brief promoting shares.
The corporate’s inventory crashed following the March 12 launch of the report and has steadily fallen to shut at a low of $11.34 per share Monday. It was up 1.6 % Wednesday, closing at $11.77 per share.
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