GM Starts Manufacturing BrightDrop EV600 Electric Delivery Van, Reveals Shorter EV410 Model
General Motors on Tuesday announced the completion of its first BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery vans and revealed a second version dubbed the EV410.
That’s a pretty quick turnaround given that GM only announced the EV600, along with plans to build it in Ontario, Canada, in January. The EV600 is the first model from BrightDrop, a new stand-alone company focused on electric vans for commercial fleets.
Full development took just 20 months, according to GM, which claims the EV600 is the fastest vehicle program on the market in its history.
The first EV600 vans will be delivered to FedEx in time for the holiday season, GM said. However, production will remain on low volume for now, not reaching full scale until November 2022, according to the automaker. BrightDrop also previously discussed plans to launch its EP1 electric pallet system before the end of 2021.
The EV600 will be followed by the EV410, with a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches and an overall length of less than 20 feet. Like the EV600, GM cited a range of 250 miles and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 pounds for the EV410.
The shorter version will be built in the same Canadian plant as the EV600, starting in 2023. The first examples of these vans will go to Verizon.
GM is also preparing a fleet version of its Ultium Charge 360 service with fleet and facility management tools as well as integration with OnStar Vehicle Insights telematics and BrightDrop’s own management platform.
While GM goes for a sleek design, Ford’s E-Transit is an electric version of the existing (and very popular, and admittedly) Transit van. Amazon is getting bespoke electric vans from Rivian, in which the e-commerce giant has invested.