General Motors has set a record for the furthest distance travelled by an electric van after taking its BrightDrop Zevo 600 on a 260-mile trip from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Stephen Marlin, BrightDrop’s Client Solutions Account Executive, completed the 260-mile trip on a single charge earlier this week – just in time for Earth Day 2022 on Friday. The record-setting run was evaluated and confirmed by representatives from The Guinness Book of World Records, certifying the Zevo 600 as the longest-distance electric van available to customers today.
While GM probably could have stretched the Zevo 600’s range a bit more if it were empty, that wouldn’t be very representative of how the delivery van will be used in the real world. As such, GM loaded the van up with sustainable cleaning products manufactured by a company called Full Circle for the record-setting run, bringing them from the company’s HQ in New York City to the MOM’s Organic Market in downtown Washington, D.C.
BrightDrop president and CEO Travis Katz says this record is the perfect way to demonstrate the capabilities of the Zevo 600, which will enter production at the GM CAMI plant in Ontario, Canada later this year.
“Having a long battery range with reliable power is critical to electrifying delivery fleets everywhere,” Katz said. “This special delivery highlights our products’ advanced capabilities and our mission to decarbonize deliveries.”
While the Zevo 600 has yet to officially enter production at its Canadian assembly plant, the first 500 examples of the vehicle are currently being produced by a third-party supplier a facility in Michigan. All 500 of these initial vehicles will be delivered to FedEx.
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 a GM-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.