GM Authority assumed the ‘Zevo’ name would be applied to the BrightDrop EV410 and EV600 vans after we dug up GM trademark filings for the terms “BrightDrop Zevo,” “BrightDrop Zevo 600,” and “BrightDrop Zevo 400.” GM previously only referred to its two new electric delivery vans as the EV410 and EV600, however these rather generic names were only intended as placeholders. The Zevo name, by comparison, is a bit more memorable and will therefore help GM to properly market these vans as they enter series production at its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada later this year.
“Originally dubbed the BrightDrop EV600 and BrightDrop EV410, our first two flagship electric delivery vehicles have been renamed the BrightDrop Zevo 600 and BrightDrop Zevo 400,” BrightDrop said in a press release published Friday. “We chose Zevo because it contains ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) and EV (Electric Vehicle) and is a play-off ‘zero’ – a reference to GM’s Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, and Zero Congestion vision.”
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 ride on a dedicated EV architecture, tapping GM’s Ultium model battery design and Ultium drive motor technology. The larger Zevo 600, 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, with a GVWR of fewer than 10,000 pounds. It will eventually also launch in a single motor front-wheel-drive configuration. The Zevo 400, meanwhile, utilizes the same platform and powertrain technology but has a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches and 400 cubic feet of cargo space.
Production of the BrightDropZevo 600 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.
As GM Authority reported previously, the first BrightDrop Zevo 600 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 – which was BrightDrop’s first customer.