GM expects to build up 30,000 units of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 per year at the GM CAMI plant. However, in a report by Automotive News Canada, vice president of global vehicle forecasting for AutoForecast Solutions, Sam Fiorani, predicts that only about 16,500 units could be built due to the strong Ultium battery demand from other GM products.
“With such a limited number of batteries available, concentrating on higher priced and potentially higher profit models such as the $115,000 GMC Hummer EV makes more sense than the fleet-focused BrightDrop vans,” Fiorani was quoted as saying.
If the limited supply of Ultium batteries persists for some time, then production of the Zevo 600 may fall even lower. With the impending launch of the Chevy Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, Chevy Equinox EV and Chevy Blazer EV, GM may decide to dedicate more batteries to those units rather than the BrightDrop van.
It’s worth noting that the first examples of the Zevo 600 are currently in service in California.
As a reminder, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 began regular production at the GM CAMI plant just a few weeks ago. This recent development came as the result of a massive retooling effort at the facility, where GM managed to install new equipment at the plant in just seven months. As a whole, the Zevo 600 has had an accelerated developmental timeline, requiring just 20 months to establish.
GM has reason to push production of the EV delivery van as quickly as it can. BrightDrop announced back in November 2022 that it’s poised to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2023, which would make it one of the fastest companies to ever hit this milestone. Additionally, BrightDrop expects to achieve $10 billion in revenue by 2030.
In regards to the BrightDrop Zevo 600 specifically, the all-electric delivery van features Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive motors. Offering up to 250 miles of range and 600 cubic feet of cargo space, the Zevo 600 comes equipped with a wide range of standard safety features, including Front and Rear Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, and more.