General Motors is ramping up its all-electric vehicle efforts with a wide variety of new models, including fresh commercial efforts like the BrightDrop EV600. Now, the new BrightDrop EV600 has been recognized as a Commercial Green Car of the Year Finalist by Green Car Journal.
The Green Car Journal’s annual Green Car of the Year awards have been ongoing since 2005. This year, the award will recognize new environmentally friendly vehicles in a broad range of categories, including the luxury segment, urban vehicles, performance vehicles, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.
In the commercial vehicle category, the BrightDrop EV600 will compete against the ELMS Urban Delivery EV, Ford E-Transit, Lightning eMotors Electric Van, and Rivian Electric Delivery Van for the honor of Green Car of the Year.
The BrightDrop EV600 offers zero-emissions goods transportation and a wealth of onboard safety technologies, the latter of which includes front and rear parking assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and lane keep assist, among others. The powertrain incorporates GM’s Ultium battery and drive motor tech, with range-per-charge rated at 250 miles and peak charging rated at 170 miles per hour. The interior of the vehicle offers 600 cubic feet of storage.
The winners in the annual Green Car of the Year awards are determined by a panel of judges composed of representatives from the automotive industry, energy efficiency organizations, and environmental organizations, as well as Green Car Journal staff members. This year, the jury includes former Tonight Show host and well-known car expert Jay Leno, as well as representatives from the International Council on Clean Transportation, CERES, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and the Coalition for Clean Air.
This year, another GM product, namely the all-new Chevy Bolt EUV, is in contention for the 2022 Urban Green Car of the Year Award, going up against the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, MINI Cooper SE.