Lordstown, which is named after the former General Motors factory in Ohio that it took over after the legacy automaker pulled out, is focused on building the Endurance, an electric pickup truck mainly intended for fleet sales.
But on Thursday, the company clarified those statements in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission.
“Although these vehicle purchase agreements provide us with a significant indicator of demand for the Endurance, these agreements do not represent binding purchase orders or other firm purchase commitments,” the filing said. “We have engaged in limited marketing activities and we have no binding purchase orders or commitments from customers.”
The reversal appears to confirm some of the accusations made by short-seller Hindenburg Research, which questioned the validity of various sales contracts. Hindenburg has also raised safety concerns about the Endurance.
Lordstown’s stock has taken a hit since Hindenburg made its allegations public this spring. Shares fell more than 4% Thursday, and are down nearly 50% this year.