Merchants Fleet has placed an order for 5,400 units of the BrightDrop EV410 electric delivery van.
The New Hampshire-based fleet operator previously committed to purchasing 12,600 examples of the larger BrightDrop EV600, which will be delivered to the company over an extended time period starting in 2023. It has now also placed an order for 5,400 units of the BrightDrop EV410 as well – essentially a short wheelbase, mid-size version of the EV600.
Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO, said Merchants Fleet’s two large orders “shows they are serious about leading the fleet industry’s transformation to an all-electric future, and confident in BrightDrop’s ability to bring that vision to life.”
“The collaboration with Merchants Fleet opens the door for other companies that want to electrify their fleets by providing access to our portfolio of electric vehicles, which is a critical step toward decreasing vehicle-related emissions in the communities where we live,” Katz said.
Compared to the BrightDrop EV600, the EV410 has a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches and a length of under 20 feet. It also boasts 400 cubic feet of cargo space, an available GVWR of just under 10,000 pounds and an estimated battery-electric range of around 250 miles. It utilizes GM’s Ultium lithium-ion battery technology and an Ultium Drive motor.
The BrightDrop EV410 will be built alongside the larger EV600 at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in southern Ontario. Production of the EV600 is slated to begin at the CAMI site late next year, while the EV410 is not expected to begin rolling off the assembly line until early-to-mid 2023.
The first company to place an order for the BrightDrop EV410 was Verizon, although GM did not say how many vehicles the telecoms company ordered. The electric utility van will be deployed in Verizon’s national maintenance and service fleets starting in late 2023.