Full-scale production of the all-electric BrightDrop Zevo 600 delivery van is now underway at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Canada. The milestone was marked by a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
The launch of full-scale production for the BrightDrop Zevo 600 (previously known as the BrightDrop EV600) follows a massive retooling effort at the GM CAMI facility, with GM installing new production equipment covering some 2 million square feet in just seven months. GM began retooling efforts at the CAMI facility on May 1st, 2022. What’s more, the Zevo 600 is the fastest-built vehicle in GM history with regard to development from concept to commercialization, taking just 20 months to develop.
“This milestone represents GM at our best – fast, flexible and first in the industry,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “The BrightDrop Zevo is a prime example of GM’s flexible Ultium EV architecture, which is allowing us to quickly launch a full range of electric vehicles for our customers. And, as of today, I am proud to call the CAMI EV Assembly team the first full-scale all-electric manufacturing team in Canada.”
Utilizing GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 offer upwards of 250 miles of range per charge, as well as over 600 cubic feet of cargo room. The all-electric van is also equipped with a swath of standard safety features, including Front and Rear Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, and more.
BrightDrop customers also have access the company’s Trace eCarts (previously known as EP1), an electrically assisted pallet designed to quickly and easily move goods over short distances, reducing costs as well as physical strain on delivery drivers.