Common Motors plans to launch a brand new all-electric van known as the EV600 by the tip of this 12 months. The primary 500 autos might be offered to FedEx.
Common Motors stated Tuesday it plans to launch an all-electric van known as the EV600 this 12 months.
The van – a part of GM’s plan to speculate $27 billion in electrical and autonomous autos by 2025 – would be the first automobile below a brand new industrial enterprise unit in GM known as BrightDrop. The EV600 might be able to as much as 250 miles per cost, in response to Pam Fletcher, vice chairman of worldwide innovation, who will oversee the brand new division.
“The sport changer about BrightDrop is that it is a one-stop store ecosystem,” Fletcher stated. “Finish-to-end, BrightDrop may assist with the deliveries fleets want.”
Fletcher declined to debate pricing and different particulars, however she stated BrightDrop merchandise might be offered by means of a brand new unbiased gross sales and repair community. She stated GM has a full portfolio of electrical merchandise, not simply autos, deliberate for BrightDrop.
The primary 500 vans will go to FedEx starting this 12 months, Fletcher stated. Broader availability of the vans is anticipated in early 2022. The EV600 is the primary industrial automobile with GM’s next-generation Ultium battery system, which the automaker has spent billions on as a base for future EVs.
The primary product from GM’s BrightDrop would be the EP1, might be a propulsion-assisted, electrical pallet developed to simply transfer items over brief distances – for instance, from the supply automobile to the shopper’s entrance door.
The industrial market is anticipated to be a significant progress space for EVs. Different start-up automakers like Amazon-backed Rivian in addition to legacy automakers resembling Ford Motor and Daimler have introduced plans to enter the section. GM estimates the mixed market alternative for parcel, meals supply and reverse logistics within the U.S. might be greater than $850 billion by 2025.
The EV600 would be the second product below the brand new BrightDrop model. The primary might be a propulsion-assisted, electrical pallet known as the EP1, Fletcher stated. It was developed to simply transfer items over brief distances — for instance, from the supply automobile to the shopper’s entrance door. It is anticipated to go on sale early this 12 months, Fletcher stated.
“The curiosity for these merchandise have been super,” Fletcher stated. A pilot program of the pallets with FedEx final 12 months discovered drivers had been capable of ship 25% extra packages per day, she stated. The pallets, like the entire firm’s merchandise, might be electrical and can characteristic connectivity and monitoring options for logistical functions.
BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz, who joined the automaker this month from enterprise capital agency Redpoint Ventures, stated the corporate’s mission is to develop a brand new line of “clever, related services” geared toward aiding industrial corporations enhance effectivity and worker security.
The primary automobile from GM’s BrightDrop would be the EV600 — an electrical mild industrial automobile purpose-built for the supply of products and providers with as much as 250 miles in vary per cost.