Lordstown Motors, Camping World announce partnership for RV electrification
A partnership between Lordstown Motors and Camping World was announced Tuesday afternoon at the Lordstown Motors plant.
Representatives from both companies said the partnership will provide service, sales and electrification of the RV industry.
Camping World Chairman and CEO and star of the CNBC TV show The Profit Marcus Lemonis was in Lordstown for the announcement.
During the news conference, Lemonis said Camping World plans to develop new battery technology with Lordstown Motors and ultimately create the first E-class motor homes that are affordable and can operate without generators.
The partnership also includes the formation of a national electric vehicle service and collision network for Lordstown Motors vehicles.
"Things happen, accidents...so you have to have service," said Lordstown Motors CEO Steve burns. "We really started looking at could we leverage somebody that's really good at this already, has a national footprint and has been doing this a long time? And that's where we found Camping World."
"What made us comfortable was not only their knowledge of the battery technology, not only their knowledge of how to manufacture, but their knowledge about the automotive space," added Lemonis.
Camping World operates of 170 Service and Collision Centers across the United States.
Burns didn't want to speculate on hard numbers, but said the company plans to have more people working at the Lordstown plant than when General Motors owned the facility.
Lemonis has family ties to the Valley and the plant - his cousin worked there. He says that helped make his latest venture a no-brainer.
"I was instantly attracted to the fact that Ohio is such an important part of our economy...but the personal connection for me and working with a pioneer like Steve (Burns) was motivation enough," Lemonis said.
He added that the plan is to have servicing of vehicles in a mock environment by June 2021, and a 2022 model RV with electrification in it.
Lordstown Motors unveiled its all electric Endurance pickup truck in June and has since become a publicly traded company.