The BrightDrop EV600 delivery van will enter production at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Southern Ontario later this year, but while we await the arrival of the new electric fleet vehicle, the GM Design team is providing us with a sneak peek into its design process.
GM Design shared a series of digital renderings of the BrightDrop EV600 on its Instagram page this week, which were completed by GM creative designer Brian Janik using the popular 3D computer graphics software Blender. The renderings show early design proposals for the BrightDrop EV600, which feature some small differences compared to the production model that will roll out of CAMI later this year.
“This week we are showcasing our new entry into electric delivery solutions with the Brightdrop brand,” the GM Design team said in the Instagram post. “The selected design direction (for the EV600) was built in Blender to quickly visualize the shape and proportion. Front end graphic refinement continued to define the horizontal light signature and lower fascia.”
The BrightDrop EV600 is powered by the GM Ultium battery system and has an estimated maximum real-world range of around 250 miles. The van, available with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds, offers over 600 cubic feet of cargo area and is intended as an eco-friendly fleet solution for logistics companies. FedEx has already placed an order for 500 examples of the battery-electric utility vans, while Merchants Fleet has also committed to purchasing more than 12,000 of them in the coming years.
The BrightDrop EV600 will also offer fleet upfitting solutions, so we will likely see the battery-electric platform underpin vehicles other than delivery vans in the future.
The first BrightDrop EV600 vans will be delivered to FedEx before the end of the year, with production set to ramp up significantly in early 2022.