Lordstown Motors Company has filed for chapter safety and is suing contract manufacturing accomplice 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 Expertise Group finest identified for making the Apple iPhone, accusing the corporate of fraud and failing to satisfy monetary commitments.
The automaker was fashioned to take over the former Basic Motors manufacturing unit in its namesake Ohio city and use the plant to fabricate an electrical pickup truck referred to as the Endurance. Lordstown offered the plant to Foxconn in 2021 for a purported $230 million as a part of a deal that referred to as for Foxconn to fabricate the Endurance beneath contract, in addition to spend money on Lordstown, and for the 2 firms to co-develop future automobiles.
Lordstown now alleges that Foxconn “had no intentions of dwelling as much as its commitments, notably with respect to the brand new car improvement platform.” The corporate claimed Foxconn used its partnership with Lordstown” as a software to maliciously and in dangerous religion destroy Lordstown’s enterprise.”
Endurance manufacturing started final fall, however Lordstown disclosed that solely 31 vans 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 Might warned of chapter if Foxconn adopted via with a risk to tug funding for the automaker.
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 Might was not paid. Lordstown has been accusing Foxconn of balking at additional funding in keeping 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 seemingly for different markets, and has different deliberate makes use of for the Ohio manufacturing unit. It has contract-manufacturing agreements with different automotive startups, together with IndiEV and Fisker.