BrightDrop Expands Business To Canada, Adds DHL To List Of Customers2
BrightDrop just announced that it is adding DHL Express Canada to its customer portfolio, making Canada the company’s first international market.
Looking ahead, DHL Express Canada is set to leverage the all-electric BrightDrop Zevo vans for its delivery fleet, as well as pilot the new BrightDrop Trace eCart, an electrically assisted pallet designed to easily and quickly move goods over short distances, reducing physical strain and fatigue for delivery drivers.
DHL Express Canada is the latest big name to join the BrightDrop customer portfolio, which already includes major companies like Walmart, Hertz, and Verizon among the 30 or so entries. BrightDrop says that these companies and others have contributed to more than 25,000 production reservations and expressions of interest for BrightDrop electric delivery vans.
“Bringing BrightDrop to Canada and starting production at CAMI is a major step to providing EVs at scale, while delivering real results to the world’s biggest brands,” said BrightDrop president and CEO, Travis Katz. “Our international expansion is proof that we can deliver exactly what our customers need where they need it. Having DHL Express Canada come onboard as a new customer shows the confidence legacy brands have in our ability to deliver.”
Full-scale production of the new BrightDrop Zevo 600 recently got underway at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Canada following a seven-month retooling effort covering some two million square feet. Additionally, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 is the fastest-built vehicle in GM history in terms of development from concept to commercialization. With GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 can cover upwards of 250 miles between plugs, as well as carry over 600 cubic feet of cargo. The first BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans entered service in California back in September.
BrightDrop is also offering the smaller Zevo 400 all-electric delivery van. Looking ahead, the GM CAMI plant is expected to produce 50,000 Zevo vans annually by 2025.
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Is 50000 vans a year enough to fully utilize this plant or will there be some other product assigned there as well?
I’d imagine the Zevo 600 & 400 will not be the only BrightDrop models. They’re due for a smaller urban-friendly cargo van that can be used in Europe and Asia if the brand intends to go global.