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Lordstown information for chapter, suing Foxconn

Lordstown information for chapter, suing Foxconn


Lordstown Motors Company has filed for chapter safety and is suing contract manufacturing associate Foxconn, the corporate introduced Tuesday.

Lordstown filed for Chapter 11 safety in a Delaware chapter courtroom. The corporate additionally filed a authorized grievance in opposition to Foxconn, the manufacturing arm of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Know-how Group finest recognized for making the Apple iPhone, accusing the corporate of fraud and failing to satisfy monetary commitments.

The automaker was shaped to take over the former Basic Motors manufacturing facility in its namesake Ohio city and use the plant to fabricate an electrical pickup truck known as the Endurance. Lordstown bought the plant to Foxconn in 2021 for a purported $230 million as a part of a deal that known as for Foxconn to fabricate the Endurance underneath contract, in addition to spend money on Lordstown, and for the 2 corporations to co-develop future autos.

2023 Lordstown Endurance

2023 Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown now alleges that Foxconn “had no intentions of dwelling as much as its commitments, notably with respect to the brand new car growth platform.” The corporate claimed Foxconn used its partnership with Lordstown” as a instrument to maliciously and in unhealthy religion destroy Lordstown’s enterprise.”

Endurance manufacturing started final fall, however Lordstown disclosed that solely 31 vehicles have been constructed, and 19 recalled, earlier than manufacturing was halted in February. The corporate mentioned in April that manufacturing had resumed.

Within the interim, Lordstown mentioned it was shifting focus to its subsequent EV, which might be based mostly on a Foxconn platform. However Lordstown in Could warned of chapter if Foxconn adopted by way of with a menace to drag funding for the automaker.

2023 Lordstown Endurance

2023 Lordstown Endurance

In a deal made final November, Foxconn agreed to take a position as much as $170 million in Lordstown in return for shares within the firm. Foxconn beforehand invested $52.7 million in Lordstown as a part of the settlement, giving it an 8.4% stake, Reuters famous. A further $42.7 million due in Could was not paid. Lordstown has been accusing Foxconn of balking at additional funding consistent with the deal, whereas Foxconn has accused Lordstown of breaching the phrases of the deal when the automaker’s inventory fell under the $1 per share threshold (for 30 days) required for itemizing within the Nasdaq.

Foxconn is pivoting to creating its personal EVs, albeit doubtless for different markets, and has different deliberate makes use of for the Ohio manufacturing facility. It has contract-manufacturing agreements with different automotive startups, together with IndiEV and Fisker.



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