With the first instances of the EV600 rolling off an assembly line, BrightDrop has commenced manufacture of its first-ever electric delivery vans. BrightDrop is, of course, GM’s technology start-up geared at the last-mile deliveries, with the company intending to hand over the first electric vans to FedEx before the holiday season. Owing to the GM’s Ultium battery technology, the vehicles are expected to have a range of up to 250 miles.
BrightDrop is utilizing the firm’s Ultium battery technology in these electric vans, which are appearing on Detroit streets at the same time as the pre-production prototypes of the electric Hummer.
“Getting our first electric cars on the road in record time before the next peak holiday shipping period is the finest gift we could get this year,” said Travis Katz, president, and CEO of BrightDrop. “This is a powerful statement to the market about how our unique operations arrangement, which combines the cutting-edge innovation, flexibility, and focus of a software startup with the size and production might of a giant automaker, can offer significant benefit to both customers and the world,” says the company.
BrightDrop is currently developing two vans, the smaller EV410 giving just above 400 cubic feet of the cargo space against 600 cubic feet for the larger variant. The shorter of the pair has a length of under 20 feet but a wheelbase of just above 150 inches, with the two vehicles planned to have the same max range on a single charge.
BrightDrop’s two vans were developed in a record-breaking 20 months, with the business collaborating with a supplier to manufacture the early prototypes in a low-volume manufacturing mode. According to General Motors, this pace gave it the title of fastest car project to market in the company’s history. When GM’s CAMI Assembly Plant located in Ingersoll, Canada, is converted for the project by November 2022, full production will begin. BrightDrop’s debut as an electric delivery van provider, however, will rely heavily on the first low-volume manufacturing prototypes.
“As e-commerce demand grows and the impacts of climate change are seen around the world like never before,” Katz said, “it’s critical that we work rapidly to cut emissions.” “BrightDrop’s comprehensive delivery solutions are intended to address these issues front on. We’re ecstatic to see these world-class electric cars on the road in such a short amount of time.”