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News FedEx Received Their First 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600 Vans from GM

FedEx Received Their First 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600 Vans from GM

BrightDrop delivered its first 150 electric vans to FedEx over the last six months.

  • BrightDrop is a new company set up by General Motors to build electric delivery vans

  • FedEx is the first customer, with an order of 2,500 units of the larger Zevo 600 model

  • These vans compete with the Ford E-Transit and the Rivian van

Since late December, FedEx has taken delivery of the first 150 units of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric van, of which it has ordered 2,500 units.

This electric van is the first product of the new division created by General Motors to handle its offering of electric commercial vehicles. The Zevo 600 is a delivery van that can hold 600 cubic feet (17 meters) of cargo, hence its name. Since it is built on GM’s Ultium platform, it is able to offer a range of up to 402 kilometres.

A couple of other versions will be offered in the future, including the smaller Zevo 410 that will see telecom provider Verizon as its first customer when it is ready to launch, sometimes in 2023. Merchant’s Fleet has also made an order for the smaller model and Walmart will receive 5,000 BrightDrop vans of both sizes.

The GM-backed company seems to be off to a strong start with its first model but the arrival of a number of alternatives from other companies such as the Ford E-Transit and the Rivian Van, as well as the upcoming electric Ram Promaster, could put the brakes on its expansion.

FedEx prepared for the arrival of its new electric vehicles by adding 500 charging points to its California facilities, which will also be capable of producing a portion of their own energy.

Introducing the BrightDrop vans to its operations will help the courier achieve its goal of having an entirely zero-emissions delivery fleet by 2040, the most ambitious environmental plan unveiled by a major package delivery service.

This is not the first move FedEx made toward more environmentally friendly operations since it tested an electric vehicle in California in 1994 and it was the first delivery company to operate hybrid trucks in 2003.

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