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Lordstown Motors sells its factory to Foxconn

Looks like the Taiwanese giant best known for assembling iPhones wants in on the EV sector.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Lordstown Motors Endurance beta truck
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Lordstown Motors Endurance beta truck

Maybe Foxconn can help bring this pickup to life.

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Today marks yet another unexpected twist in Lordstown Motors' roller coaster trajectory. The electric truck startup sold its sprawling manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, to Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group. The deal not only raises much-needed funds for Lordstown Motors, but perhaps helps make better use of the massive complex it acquired from General Motors back in 2019. We first got wind of this deal in a Bloomberg report on Thursday, and it looks like the deal has gone through. 

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The Taiwanese company confirmed its intentions to bring a US manufacturing site online

in 2023, though it never formally stated where this site would call home. Rumors suggested a Wisconsin site remained in the running despite a soured relationship over a $10 billion investment deal
. As for the kinds of cars Foxconn wants to build, that's unclear, too. It has an off-the-shelf EV platform ready for use and its first customer will be Fisker, the California-based startup. While Fisker works on bringing its Ocean electric SUV to market, it's also working with Foxconn to produce what it calls Project PEAR. All we know is this will be a $30,000 EV, and Foxconn's the one ready to build it.

Perhaps Project PEAR will be an Ohio-made vehicle, or perhaps Lordstown will be able to scale up production of its Endurance electric pickup with Foxconn's help. Lordstown previously maintained it would build the first production trucks in September this year. With October less than 24 hours away, the startup's deadline is certain to come and go.

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