GM Launches BrightDrop, An Electric Delivery Vehicle Company
The company will utilize GM's Ultium battery platform for an electric delivery van and an automated pallet that brings packages to doorsteps.
1. General Motors has launched BrightDrop, a company that will develop electric delivery solutions.
2. Their first products will be the EP1 delivery pallet, available in early 2021, and an electric van, the EV600, which will be on the roads late this year.
3. The EV600 offers over 600 cubic feet of cargo space and comes with DC fast charging capability.
GM is continuing its push toward electrification, and this time it's with a new company. The American automaker has launched a subsidiary dedicated to the development of first-to-last-mile electric delivery vehicles. Called BrightDrop, the brand will produce commercial vehicles that offer "a smarter way to deliver goods and services,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO.
Arriving in early 2021, the EP1 is not a van, but rather a pallet - and a pretty useful one at that. With a roll speed of up to 3 mph, the EP1 is proplution-assisted and capable of supporting 200 pounds. It also boasts shelving for organization, lockable doors, and secures 23 cubic feet of cargo.
BrightDrop's second vehicle is the EV600, an electric delivery van with over 600 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Powered by the General Motors Ultium battery platform, the EV600 has an estimated range of 250 miles and, with its equipped 120 kW DC fast charging system, can refill 170 miles of range per hour. Similar to current delivery vehicles, the EV600 has a sliding door, however, unlike presently in use delivery vehicles, it has an auto-open feature. An abundance of technology is also onboard, some of which includes a 13.4-inch infotainment display and a motion sensor security system. The van also features a massive suite of standard safety features, the latter of which includes front and rear park assist, automatic emergency braking, and much more.
In the GM press release, a fleet management app was also detailed, one that allows fleet managers remote access to battery status, location monitoring, over-the-air updates, lock and unlock control, incident reporting, and more. It also mentioned future products, specifically a medium-distance vehicle that transports multiple EP1s.
The BrightDrop EP1 will be purchasable in early 2021, while EV600 models arrive later this year.