The upcoming BrightDrop EV600 all-electric delivery van will be available with a front-wheel drivetrain, as well as a single-motor setup and 24-module battery pack, GM Authority has learned from sources close to the matter.
For the moment, General Motors has only confirmed that the BrightDrop EV600 would be equipped with all-wheel drive and two electric motors, a 20-module battery, and an estimated driving range of up to 250 miles per charge, plus a peak charging rate of 170 miles per hour via DC quick-charging. Motivation will be sourced via GM Ultium battery and drive motor technology.
General Motors first announced its new BrightDrop electric product ecosystem earlier this year at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, with the new venture providing last-mile electric delivery solutions, software, and services for delivery and logistics companies. GM expects the demand for urban last-mile delivery to grow by 78 percent between now and 2030, with growth driven primarily by e-commerce shopping.
So far, General Motors has officially announced that the BrightDrop EV600 will feature more than 600 cubic feet of cargo room, as well as a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds. Access to the cabin and rear cargo will be provided via front sliding pocket doors, wide cabin walkways, and a large cargo bulkhead door that will automatically open. The cargo area will also be kept secure via onboard motion sensors.
In terms of technology, the BrightDrop EV600 will be replete with advanced safety and convenience features, including Front and Rear Parking Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, and Front Pedestrian Braking, among others. Further safety features will be offered as optional upgrades, while in the cabin, the driver will have a 13.4-inch full-color infotainment screen for control.
So far, customer interest in the BrightDrop EV600 has been strong, including from FedEx, which is slated to receive the first units of the delivery van, and even featured the EV600 in a commercial over the summer. Full-scale production is set to ramp up at the GM CAMI plant in Ontario, Canada next year.