GM’s commercial electric van, the BrightDrop Zevo, was one of ten vehicles to win the 2023 Green Car Product of Excellence award from Green Car Journal, according to a press release published on May 9th, 2023.
The Green Car Journal magazine gives the award annually to the 10 electric commercial vehicles it deems best serve the advancement of “environmentally sustainable transportation.”
The magazine looks at several factors when choosing award winners. According to the press release, these include “higher efficiency, the integration of advanced technology and electronics, and innovative powertrains that achieve decarbonization goals.” The BrightDrop Zevo took the award in the “Electric Delivery Vans” category, while the 2023 Commercial Green Truck of the Year was the Freightliner eM2.
This is not the first time BrightDrop has won an award for one of its electric vehicles. The BrightDrop Zevo 600 (known at the time as the EV600) received Green Car Journal’s Commercial Green Car of the Year award in 2021. Editor and publisher Ron Cogan said “BrightDrop hits a sweet spot in zero-emission mobility with its EV600,” adding that the “delivery van presents an enlightened solution.”
Several other GM electric vehicles have achieved finalist status or won various awards from the Journal. The GMC Hummer EV was hailed as 2022 Green Truck of the Year award finalist in late 2021. In the same year, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV achieved the title of Urban Green Car of the Year, defeating several formidable competitors.
As a reminder, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 features 600 cubic feet of cargo capacity and offers 250 miles of range per charge. GM estimates maximum cargo payload at 2,200 pounds. The Zevo 600 EV’s GVWR is 9,990 pounds, making it operable by drivers without the special license often required for driving vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more. Safety technology includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, and standard IntelliBeam LED headlamps.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 is equipped with two 255 kW Ultium Drive motors, one motivating the front wheels and a second at the rear, resulting in an all-wheel drivetrain. BrightDrop has reduced the Ultium motor output so each unit provides 225 kW or 302 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, to increase durability.
Power for the BrightDrop Zevo comes from Ultium battery technology. The electric van is compatible with 120 kW DC fast charging or AC Level 2 11.5 kW charging and offers a peak recharging rate of 160 miles per hour.
Production of the Zevo 600 takes place at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Canada.