GM has issued a service bulletin providing insight into a charging-related problem that affects certain BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans.
The service bulletin, first published on April 5th, 2022, indicates some 2022 BrightDrop Zevo 600 Utility vans may experience a software issue when plugged into a public charging stall that could prevent the vehicle from initiating the charge sequence. This problem is related to a “software anomaly” that may be caused by oversized or damaged terminals in the charge cord connector. This allegedly happens more frequently at charging stations that are in frequent use by multiple vehicles, such as those at car dealerships or busy parking garages.
GM’s service bulletin for this issue indicates “updated software and calibrations will be released at a later date and communicated at that time.” In the meantime, GM recommends service technicians clear any fault codes related to this problem and tell owners to try another charge station. This problem produces the diagnostic trouble codes P0D9A, P298C and P0E5F.
All BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans that have been delivered to date are manufactured by Kuka AG, a third-party company that’s handling production of the utility vans while the automaker’s CAMI plant in Canada is being retooled. The first 500 examples of the Zevo 600 are being delivered to American logistics company FedEx, which was BrightDrop’s first customer. The CAMI plant is expected to begin production of the Zevo 600, as well as the smaller Zevo 400, this coming winter.
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. The larger Zevo 600 has 600 cubic feet of cargo space and GVWR of fewer than 10,000 pounds, while the Zevo 400 has 400 cubic feet of cargo space and the same GVWR.