General Motors is pushing the production timeline ahead for the BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van due to high anticipated demand.
In a statement released Tuesday, GM said it has introduced an “accelerated timeline for plant conversion and production of the BrightDrop electric EV600 light commercial vehicle at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, ON.” This production pull-ahead, the automaker says, will allow it to push the EV600 launch schedule forward and “double the number of units built during the first year of production to keep pace with anticipated demand.”
“We are ramping up our support for BrightDrop production at CAMI to serve the growing market for electric delivery solutions,” Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director, said in a prepared statement. “CAMI will play a key role in GM’s vision for a zero emissions future.”
The CAMI plant in southern Ontario currently produced the Chevy Equinox crossover. The Equinox will remain in production at CAMI until April 2022, at which point the BrightDrop equipment will be moved into the Ingersoll-based facility. Previous reports indicated the BrightDrop EV600 would at first be built in an unused section of the plant before moving to the central production line the following spring.
BrightDrop EV600 production will operator on one shift at first, but is anticipated to ramp up to two shifts in 2023 and to three shifts of production by as soon as 2024, so long as demand is sufficient.
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.The first 500 examples of the EV600 will be delivered to FedEx, while MerchantsFleet has also placed a large order for more than 12,000 EV600s.