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Lordstown Motors shares sink on underwhelming manufacturing plans, Foxconn deal

Lordstown Motors gave rides in prototypes of its upcoming electrical endurance pickup truck on June 21, 2021 as a part of its “Lordstown Week” occasion.

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Embattled electrical automobile start-up Lordstown Motors expects to provide and promote as much as solely 3,000 automobiles by means of subsequent yr, the corporate introduced Monday.

These plans embody 500 automobiles this yr as soon as retail manufacturing is slated to start within the third quarter – a yr later than expectations of when the corporate went public by means of a particular function acquisition firm in October 2020.

The manufacturing and gross sales are far under the quantity former administration offered buyers on whereas the corporate was going public. Lordstown initially anticipated to construct 2,000 Endurance pickups in its first yr, adopted by 32,0000 items throughout the first full yr of manufacturing.

Shares of the pre-revenue firm dropped by greater than 15% throughout Monday morning buying and selling. Shares of the corporate closed Friday at $3.21 a share, up by 2.2%.

Lordstown Motors introduced the manufacturing forecast as a part of reporting its fourth-quarter outcomes. Web loss widened for the corporate to $81.2 million within the fourth quarter because the automaker stated it incurred a complete of $115 million in bills.

Firm executives stated they should elevate about $250 million this yr for its enterprise operations, together with tooling to provide the automobile.

Lordstown Motors CEO Dan Ninivaggi stated the corporate will initially solely promote automobiles to a small quantity of pre-selected companies. The corporate nonetheless wants some regulatory certifications earlier than it may put its automobiles on sale.

The aspiring automaker initially deliberate to provide the Endurance pickup internally at an Ohio plant it bought from Common Motors.

However following an government shakeup and amid ongoing issues that the corporate may run out of money, Lordstown Motors introduced a deal to promote the plant to iPhone maker Foxconn for $230 million in November. The deal, which incorporates Foxconn producing the Endurance pickup, has not been finalized.

Lordstown Motors and Foxconn are also in negotiations a couple of potential joint growth of future automobiles. Executives characterised the deal Monday as “an vital element” for Lordstowns’ future success.

“We have to carry that to a conclusion and I am hopeful we’ll get there,” Ninivaggi stated Monday.

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