In a shareholder letter published this week, General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra revealed the automaker “will now transition BrightDrop production to CAMI in November 2022.” The automaker had previously intended to begin production of the BrightDrop EV600 at the facility in late 2021, as indicated in a press release first sent out this January.
That said, the first batch of BrightDrop EV600 vehicles is still set to arrive later this year. This initial run of vehicles, which will be delivered to FedEx, will be produced by German automotive supplier Kuka AG at a facility in Livonia, Michigan. Production of the Kuka-built version of the electric delivery van will begin in the coming months, with the first deliveries slated for late 2021. Only about 500 examples of the EV600 will be produced by Kuka.
BrightDrop EV600 production at CAMI will eventually ramp up to two shifts in 2023 and, market permitting, three shifts by as soon as 2024. Production of the Chevy Equinox at the CAMI plant will end in April of next year.
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. Thanks to this battery-electric powertrain, GM says the EV600 offers over $7,000 in annual operating expensive savings versus an equivalent diesel alternative. The van also has over 600 cubic feet of cargo area, 2,200 lbs of estimated payload capacity and a 250 mile estimated range. It is specially designed to work with the rest of the BrightDrop ecosystem, as well, which includes the EP1 electrically assisted delivery pallet and various fleet support services.