The BrightDrop EV600 made its first official in-person appearance this week at the 2021 Fleet Vehicle Summit hosted by Merchants Fleet.
Merchants Fleet has already committed to purchasing 12,600 examples of the BrightDrop EV600, which will be delivered to the company over an extended time period starting in 2023. To mark this purchase commitment, the company celebrate the first in-person debut of the electric utility van at its 2021 Fleet Vehicle Summit this week, which was hosted in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
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BrightDrop President and CEO Travis Katz celebrated Merchants Fleet’s large EV600 purchase commitment after it was first announced earlier this year.
“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 their belief that BrightDrop solutions will help them and their clients achieve a greener and more efficient future,” Katz said.
In addition to BrightDrop, Merchants Fleet also invited several other EV industry players to present their latest products at the 2021 Fleet Vehicle Summit, including Enel X, EVgo, Ford and Stellantis. The event also included demo rides in new battery-electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan, Volvo XC40, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model Y.
Merchants Fleet is aiming to convert 50 percent of its mobility fleet portfolio to electric by 2025, while 50 percent of its managed fleet portfolio will be battery-powered by 2030. The New Hampshire-based company provides fleet management and fleet leasing solutions to businesses and government agencies and also offers fleet consulting services.
General Motors first announced the BrightDrop EV60 0during the online-only CES 2021 event earlier this year. The fully electric delivery van, which has over 600 cubic feet of cargo area, is powered by GM’s new Ultium Drive electric motors and Ultium lithium-ion batteries and boasts an estimated range of around 250 miles. The first 500 examples of the EV600 will be delivered to FedEx early next year, with Merchants Fleet expected to receive its first vehicles in early 2023.