The BrightDrop EV600 has been named Commercial Green Car of the Year by the EV-obsessed folks over at Green Car Journal.
The BrightDrop EV600 was up against four finalists for the 2022 Commercial Green Car of the Year award, including the ELMS Urban Delivery EV, Ford E-Transit, Lightning eMotors Electric Van and Rivian Electric Delivery Van.
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com, said the BrightDrop EV600 beat out these other finalists due to high real-world demand for an eco-friendly last-mile delivery solution.
“BrightDrop hits a sweet spot in zero-emission mobility with its EV600,” Cogan explained. “The need for last-mile deliveries is huge and growing, with electrification urgently needed to mitigate carbon emissions and energy use. The all-electric BrightDrop EV600 delivery van presents an enlightened solution.”
The BrightDrop EV600 made its debut at CES 2021 and will enter limited production later this year before full-scale production ramps up at the GM CAMI plant in Ontario next year. The electric delivery van utilizes GM’s new Ultium lithium-ion battery design and has an estimated range of around 250 miles. The van also boasts over 600 cubic feet of cargo area and is available with a gross vehicle weight rating of under 10,000 pounds.
Going forward, BrightDrop will also release a smaller version of the EV600 called the EV410, which has a shorter wheelbase and more than 400 cubic feet of cargo space. This vehicle’s smaller footprint will make it more maneuverable and easier to park and will likely appeal to companies operating in city centers and congested metropolitan areas.
Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO, said winning the Commercial Green Car of the Year award is indicative of the progress that BrightDrop has made since the new GM sub-brand was first announced earlier this year.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our mission to decarbonize last-mile delivery by experts in energy efficiency and environment,” said Katz. “This award validates the progress we’re making on our journey to reduce carbon emissions and create a greener delivery system.”
FedEx is in line to receive the first customer examples of the BrightDrop EV600 and is slated to take delivery of the first models later this year.