General Motors has signed Merchants Fleet on as the second major customer of its new BrightDrop ecosystem of last-mile delivery solutions.
The first 500 examples of the new BrightDrop EV600 delivery van will go to FedEx, GM announced previously. Merchants Fleet will actually be the biggest initial buyer of the BrightDrop EV600, however, placing an order for 12,600 examples of the battery-electric delivery van. BrightDrop President and CEO Travis Katz says that “Merchants Fleet’s move to add such a large number of BrightDrop EV600s to their portfolio signals their strong commitment to accelerate the electric fleet movement,” and hopes that his company’s logistics solutions will help it reduce its carbon footprint going forward.
“We are proud to be the first fleet management company to work with BrightDrop, the innovative and vital new solution from GM,” added Brendan P. Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet. “Merchants Fleet is fully committed to the future of electrification, and working to add BrightDrop EV600s to our clients’ fleets is an exciting part of our broader strategy. We look forward to continuing to expand our EV fleet capabilities to provide our clients with a range of electric vehicle services and solutions to meet their evolving needs.”
The BrightDrop EV600 is a fully electric delivery van that is powered by GM’s new Ultium Drive electric motors and Ultium lithium-ion batteries. The van has over 600 cubic feet of cargo area and an estimated range of 250 miles. It will enter limited production at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario later this year, with full series production set to begin in early 2022. The first 500 examples of the EV600 will go to FedEx, with Merchants Fleet expected to receive its first vehicles in early 2023.
In a statement, Merchants Fleets said it is aiming to convert 50% of its mobility fleet portfolio to electric by 2025, while 50% of its managed fleet portfolio will be battery-powered by 2030. The company provides fleet management and fleet leasing solutions to businesses and government agencies.