GM has so far delivered 150 units of its new BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans to various FedEx locations throughout Southern California, the logistics company said this week.
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of the larger FedEx Corp., will use the battery-electric delivery vans for last-mile deliveries. The ongoing partnership between BrightDrop and FedEx will see the GM-owned company deliver a total of 2,500 van units over the next few years between both the Zevo 600 and the smaller Zevo 400.
In a statement, FedEx said the delivery of the first 150 vans “marks a critical milestone for FedEx as the company plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040.”
“At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon neutral global operations,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “In just under six months, we’ve taken delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for our parcel pickup and delivery fleet. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, that’s no ordinary feat and a true testament to the collaboration between FedEx and BrightDrop.”
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 taps GM’s Ultium battery technology and Ultium drive motor technology, with the launch model utilizing an all-wheel-drive setup with two electric motors, a 20-module battery, and an estimated driving range of 250 miles. Other model variants will arrive at a later date, including the smaller Zevo 400 van, as well as front-wheel-drive versions of the Zevo 600. Full-scale production of the Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 will take place at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Canada later this year, with early models currently being built by a German supplier at a separate facility in Michigan.