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Cuyahoga Falls Goes Eco-Friendly with Lordstown Motors Electric Pickup, Hybrid Cruisers

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns stands next to his company's all electric Endurance pickup.
Ryan Hallett
Lordstown Motors
Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns stands next to his company's all electric Endurance pickup.

Cuyahoga Falls's fleet of vehicles is getting greener. The city has set aside $70,000 in its budget this year to add an electric pickup from Lordstown Motors.

Mayor Don Walters says the truck will be used by the city’s garage, which maintains and repairs all safety, parks, and service vehicles.

Lordstown Motors’ Endurance is slated to be the first ever electric pickup truck to market in the United States. The truck has already received over 40,000 preorders since it’s unveiling in June, totaling around $2 billion in potential revenue for the company.

Walters says purchasing an electric vehicle rather than a conventional one will save the city about $20,000 over the next five years because of the truck’s reduced fuel cost. Other savings that come with the purchase include federal and local l tax credits, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

The city also owns its own electric system, meaning it won’t have pay private electric companies to provide charging.

“Everyone tells us this is the direction that the automotive industry is heading … so we know it’s coming, but I would see in the coming years that our fleet ends up all being electric,” Walters said.

In addition to the purchase of an Endurance, he says Cuyahoga Falls will also add four hybrid police cars next year.

Connor Steffen is a junior at Kent State studying journalism. Connor is a member of TV2 News, Kent State's student-run television station, where he serves as the executive producer for all news operations. He also anchors, reports and produces for the station. After graduation, Connor hopes to work as a reporter at a local news station.