General Motors is making a pivot to all-electric powertrains, and that includes applications for both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. One example of the latter is the new BrightDrop Zevo 600 delivery van, examples of which can now be found out and about on California roads, as seen in the following brief video.
Clocking in at just 20 seconds, the brief video comes to us from FedEx, which is now leveraging the new BrightDrop Zevo 600 for last-mile deliveries across the Golden State.
“Electric vehicles are here,” the video declares. “Our first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s are in service in Southern California, bringing us closer to our goal of an all-electric pickup and delivery fleet by 2040.”
The video shows the FedEx-branded BrightDrop Zevo 600 delivery vans plying a number of California roads, including winding, tree-lined two-lanes, scenic beach roads, highways, residential streets, and even dusty desert dirt roads.
Going forward, BrightDrop will deliver a total of 2,500 new vans to FedEx over the course of the next few years. These include examples of the larger Zevo 600 model, as well as examples of the smaller Zevo 400 model.
Under the skin, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 utilizes GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors for motivation. Specs for the van include an estimated 250 miles of range per charge, as well as a peak charging rate of 170 miles per charging hour via a DC quick-charge source. The launch model in use by FedEx incorporates two electric motors for an all-wheel drive setup. The delivery van also offers over 600 cubic feet of cargo room, as well as a wealth of standard safety features, including Front and Rear Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and more.
Full-scale production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 will take place at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Canada later this year.