The BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric light commercial van has now been deployed in California, New York, and Texas by rental truck and logistics company Ryder System, Inc.
Units of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 are now active at “four strategic Ryder facilities” across the three states, the company says, and are currently available for customer rental.
Ryder says its new BrightDrop Zevo rentals, marketed as the RyderElectric+ turnkey EV solution, are “helping make electrification possible for companies big and small.” The electric vans are available to rent along with Ryder’s usual suite of supporting services, including insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, vehicle tracking, maintenance, and similar aids. Electrification advisory services are also offered for commercial customers.
The current locations where the BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans can be rented include Santa Fe Springs and Hayward in California, Saginaw in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, and Long Island City in New York State. The rental facilities are equipped with ChargePoint EV chargers to keep the vans fully juiced between rentals.
Ryder hosted “Ride and Drive” events at the locations as an introduction to the EV vans, enabling customers to try out the vehicles in a hands-on test.
Ryder says it has ordered 200 BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans in 2023, but plans to expand its fleet to 4,000 units by the end of 2025. It did not reveal how many of the commercial EVs it has received or the total number currently available for rental at the four locations.
As a reminder, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 offers more than 600 cubic feet of cargo space, with its Ultium Battery technology and Ultium Drive propulsion systems rated at 300 horsepower, 390 pound-feet of torque, and an approximate range of 250 miles per charge. The BrightDrop Zevo 600 also features numerous modern safety technologies as standard, including Front and Rear Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and several others.
GM logistics subsidiary BrightDrop plans to open 19 sales and service centers for the vehicle across North America by mid-2024. However, production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 will be halted from October through spring 2024 due to a shortage of battery packs.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 is currently produced exclusively at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Canada.