Lordstown Plans Michigan R&D

By Staff Writer November 18, 2020

 

Michigan announced that Ohio-based Lordstown Motors Corp.  plans to establish an automotive R&D center in Farmington Hills with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to create 141 jobs.

 “This new facility reinforces Michigan’s reputation as the global center of the automotive industry and a leader in future automotive technology and electrification, and we’re pleased to work with our local partners to support Lordstown’s investment,” said MEDC Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt

Lordstown Motor Corp., buiilds electric light-duty trucks, and  developing the world’s first all-electric pickup truck, the Lordstown Endurance. Founded over a year ago, Lordstown Motors officially debuted the Endurance at its Ohio headquarters over the summer and has received more than 50,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

Lordstown Motors plans to establish an automotive R&D center in Farmington Hills that will consist of offices, space for vehicle inspection and benchmarking, and labs for testing, validation and prototyping. The company’s decision to locate its R&D headquarters in Michigan is part of its long-term vision of establishing an electric vehicle epicenter in the Midwest.

The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $3.6 million and create 141 jobs, resulting in a $1 million Michigan Business Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in California and Ohio.

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