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Lordstown Motors and Workhorse connection

n November, GM sold its Lordstown assembly plant to a new company called Lordstown Motors Corp., which is closely tied to another start-up called Workhorse Group Inc.

Lordstown Motors plans to build electric pickup trucks.

Here's some answers to questions you may have been wondering about when it comes to Lordstown Motors:

What’s Workhorse, what’s Lordstown Motors and what’s the difference? Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns acknowledges it can be hard for people to delineate.

  • Burns founded both and was CEO of Workhorse before he left nearly a year ago to form and become CEO of Lordstown.

  • Workhorse, based in southwest Ohio, started 12 years ago in southwest Ohio to build electrically powered utility and delivery vans. It struggled financially in the past year.

  • Workhorse developed a prototype of an electric pickup called the Endurance three years ago.

  • Workhorse has licensed the pickup truck technology to Lordstown Motors and has turned preorders for the truck over to Lordstown. In exchange, it owns a 10 percent stake in Lordstown and gets a 1 percent commission on the first 200,000 trucks sold.

  • Workhorse is in the running for a $5 billion contract to build electric vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service, which Lordstown Motors anticipates building.

Why did GM pick Lordstown Motors? GM says it felt the start-up offered the best chance to restore vehicle production at the assembly plant, has a sound design for the pickup and has a a deep bench of talent and technological know-how, including its hiring of Rich Schmidt, the former director of manufacturing at Tesla.

How many jobs? Burns says the company plans to start with a workforce of 400, but hopes to fill the entire 6 million square-foot plant.

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