The BrightDrop EV600 all-electric delivery vehicle is poised to offer emissions-free cargo moving using the latest in General Motors EV technology. Interestingly, the BrightDrop EV600 is the fastest-built vehicle in General Motors’ history with regard to development from concept to commercialization.
General Motors recently announced that the first production builds of the new BrightDrop EV600 are now complete. The all-electric light commercial vehicle will be used by FedEx for last-mile deliveries throughout the upcoming holiday season.
The BrightDrop EV600 was developed in a mere 20 months, and is equipped with General Motors’ Ultium battery platform. The BrightDrop EV600 was also developed using the same virtual processes implemented with the new GMC Hummer EV.
General Motors is partnering with a U.S. supplier partner for initial low-volume production. Conversion of the automaker’s CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Canada is currently underway. When the upgrade is completed next year, the CAMI facility will serve as the large-scale BrightDrop EV600 production base, with production expected to ramp up by November of 2022.
“Getting our first electric vehicles on the streets in record time before another peak holiday shipping season is the best gift we could receive this year, especially when we consider the supply chain headwinds the world is facing right now,” said BrightDrop president and CEO, Travis Katz. “This is a strong statement to the market of how our unique operations setup, which marries the cutting-edge innovation, agility and focus of a technology startup with the scale and manufacturing might of a major automaker, can deliver real value to both customers and the planet.”
General Motors says that fleet managers can expect an estimated annual savings of $7,000 with the all-electric BrightDrop EV600 as compared to an equivalent, diesel-powered vehicle.
In addition, General Motors has announced the new BrightDrop EV410, a mid-size all-electric light commercial vehicle designed for shorter, more-frequent trips. Verizon is the first customer slated to use the new BrightDrop EV410 as part of its field maintenance and service fleet.