The BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van will at first be built in an unused area of the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario while the actual assembly line is being prepared for full series production.
According to Automotive News, the first examples of the BrightDrop EV600 will be built in a body shop area of the Canadian plant that is currently sitting empty. The EV600 is set to enter production later this year, with the first 500 examples set to be delivered to FedEx.
The assembly line at the CAMI plant will continue to build the Chevrolet Equinox throughout 2022 before production of the crossover ends late in the year. The redesigned next-generation Equinox is due to arrive for the 2024 model year and will be built at two GM plants in Mexico, AN reports. Once Equinox production moves to Mexico, full series production of the BrightDrop EV600 on the assembly line at CAMI will begin.
The BrightDrop EV600 is among the first products from GM’s newly launched BrightDrop delivery and logistics brand. The light commercial electric van has an estimated 250 miles of range thanks to its GM Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technology and supports DC fast charging at rates of up to 120 kW. The van also boasts a maximum payload of just under 10,000 pounds and 600 cubic feet of cargo area.
GM Authority recently compared the BrightDrop EV600 dimensions to that of some of its closest ICE-powered rivals and found the van to be bigger than much of the competition in crucial areas like length, height and width. Its payload is lower than many comparable ICE offerings, however.
GM recently announced it would invest $791 million USD into the CAMI plant in order to retool it for BrightDrop EV600 production. Around 1,900 hourly workers are currently employed at the facility. Local labor union Unifor said previously that it expects the employment levels to remain the same at the plant once the Equinox departs and full production of the EV600 begins in late 2023.