GM’s BrightDrop has unveiled a new addition to its vehicle line-up, the EV410, a mid-size eLCV designed for smaller, more frequent trips. Verizon, one of the largest fleet operators in the U.S., is the first customer slated to integrate the EV410 into its field maintenance and service fleet.
The EV410 features more than 400 cubic feet of cargo area, a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches and length of under 20 feet.
BrightDrop plans to begin EV410 production in 2023.
It also announced the completion of the first production builds of the EV600, a key milestone to deliver its first electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV) to FedEx Express by the end of the year.
The build completion is the fastest vehicle program to market in General Motors’ history.
Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO, says: “Getting our first electric vehicles on the streets in record time before another peak holiday shipping season is the best gift we could receive this year, especially when we consider the supply chain headwinds the world is facing right now. This is a strong statement to the market of how our unique operations setup, which marries the cutting-edge innovation, agility and focus of a technology startup with the scale and manufacturing might of a major automaker, can deliver real value to both customers and the planet.”
He adds: “As e-commerce demand continues to increase and the effects of climate change are felt like never before across the globe, it’s imperative that we move quickly to reduce emissions. BrightDrop’s holistic delivery solutions are designed to help tackle these challenges head on. We’re excited to get these world-class electric vehicles on the streets in record time.”
Ken Jack, vice president of Fleet Operations for Verizon, states: “Mainstream EV adoption by businesses will require the largest fleet operators to work together with innovators like BrightDrop in the development of vehicles that meet the particular needs of our business. Adding the EV410 to our fleet is the latest step in our commitment to Verizon achieving net zero operational emissions by 2035.”
BrightDrop says the EV410 will be available with many of the same range, segment-leading safety, and driver convenience features of the EV600.