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General Motors plans to launch a new all-electric van called the EV600 by the end of this year. The first 500 vehicles are sold to FedEx.
General Motors said Tuesday it was planning to launch an all-electric van called the EV600 this year.
The van – part of GM’s plan to invest $ 27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles by 2025 – will be the first vehicle in a new commercial business unit in GM called BrightDrop. According to Pam Fletcher, vice president of global innovation who will oversee the new division, the EV600 can travel up to 250 miles per charge.
“The game changer with BrightDrop is that it is a one-stop-shop ecosystem,” said Fletcher. “End-to-end, BrightDrop could help deliver fleets.”
Fletcher declined to discuss pricing and other details, but said BrightDrop products will be sold through a new independent sales and service network. She said GM has a full portfolio of electrical products, not just vehicles, planned for BrightDrop.
The first 500 vans will go to FedEx starting this year, Fletcher said. A wider availability of the vans is expected in early 2022. The EV600 is the first commercial vehicle to feature GM’s next-generation Ultium battery system, on which the automaker has spent billions as the basis for future electric vehicles.
GM’s first BrightDrop product will be the EP1, a powered electric pallet designed to easily move goods over short distances – for example, from the delivery vehicle to the customer’s doorstep.
The commercial market is expected to be a major growth area for electric vehicles. Other start-up automakers like Rivian with support from Amazon, as well as older automakers like Ford Motor and Daimler, have announced plans to enter the segment. GM estimates that the combined market opportunity for package, grocery delivery and reverse logistics in the US will be more than $ 850 billion by 2025.
The EV600 will be the second product under the new BrightDrop brand. The first will be a powered electric pallet called the EP1, Fletcher said. It was developed to easily transport goods over short distances – for example from the delivery vehicle to the customer’s door. It is expected to go on sale earlier this year, Fletcher said.
“The interest in these products has been enormous,” said Fletcher. A pallet pilot program with FedEx last year found drivers were able to deliver 25% more packages per day, she said. The pallets, like all of the company’s products, will be electric and provide connectivity and tracking functions for logistical purposes.
Travis Katz, CEO of BrightDrop, who joined automaker this month from venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures, said the company’s mission is to create a new line of “smart, connected products and services” that empowers retailers are intended to help improve the efficiency and safety of their employees.
GM’s first BrightDrop vehicle will be the EV600 – an electric light commercial vehicle specifically designed to deliver goods and services with a range of up to 250 miles per charge.