In its 2021 earnings report published this week, GM said it has so far observed “strong demand” for the BrightDrop EV600 and EV410 vans. The automaker has received roughly 25,000 reservations for the two models from a variety of companies including FedEx, Merchants Fleet and Walmart.
Of these three companies, Merchants Fleet has placed the largest order, outlining plans to purchase 18,000 units between the EV600 and the smaller EV410. Walmart has reservations for another 5,000 units between both nameplates, while FedEx has an order for 500 units of the EV600.
GM also inked a deal with Verizon last year that will see the telecommunications giant become the first company to integrate the EV410 into its fleet. It’s not clear how many units Verizon has on order, but seeing as GM had 23,500 known reservations before it entered the partnership with Verizon and it now claims to have reservations for 25,000 units, it seems likely Verizon’s order could be for roughly 1,500 units.
The BrightDrop EV600 and EV410 ride on a dedicated EV architecture, tapping GM’s Ultium model battery design and Ultium drive motor technology. The larger EV600, which will launch in dual-motor all-wheel-drive form, has an estimated range of around 250 miles and boasts 600 cubic feet of cargo space at a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds. It will eventually also launch in a single motor front-wheel-drive configuration. The EV410, meanwhile, utilizes the same platform and powertrain technology but has a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches.
Production of the BrightDrop EV600 and EV410 will take place at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in southern Ontario. Production will begin at the Canadian plant this fall, with GM targeting an annual production output of roughly 30,000 units. The first BrightDrop EV600 units are currently being built by a supplier called Kuka AG at a separate facility in Michigan while GM completes renovation and retooling work at the CAMI facility. These Kuka-built vans will all be delivered to FedEx.