BrightDrop is a General Motors start-up that has received another significant commercial breakthrough from Merchants Fleet, which has purchased its second batch of 5,400 medium-sized electric vans of the EV410 type.
GM’s Co BrightDrop earlier this year got its first order, from Merchants Fleet, in February which was composed of 12,600 vans, of their full size EV600 electric vans. With 18,000 vans ordered till this point, Merchants Fleet remains the biggest customer of the automaker.
BrightDrop officially unveiled its latest line of electric vans, the EV410, in September. The van can go up to 400 kilometres (250 miles) between charges and is 400 cubic feet in size, living true to its model name and has already signed up Verizon Communications Inc, US Telecommunication Giant, as a client.
The EV600, on the other hand, is a huge van with full-sized cubic feet of room and a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge, which supplied the firm with its first client, FedEx and is expected to begin getting the first automobiles in time for the holiday season.
GM revealed BrightDrop to be its electric vehicle corporation in January this year, to give head-on competition to its rivals, Ford Motors Co and Rivian Automotive Inc. The introduction of BrightDrop is a strong indication that GM sees the shipping business as one method to recoup its multibillion-dollar commitment to e-mobility.
Travis Katz, BrightDrop CEO, said “Merchants Fleet’s plan to purchase such a large order of our electric commercial vehicles shows they are serious about leading the fleet industry’s transformation to an all-electric future.” He further added that BrightDrop’s collaboration with Merchants Fleet paves the way for other firms that wish to electrify their fleets.
“We are proud to work with BrightDrop to reach diverse segments and drive this transformation forward,” said Brendan Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet.
Katz went on to say that the EV600 was brought to market in only 20 months, which is both remarkable and exceptional, given that it typically takes up to 50 months for a vehicle programme to reach the market.
GM has said that it intends to escalate its revenue, doubling it by 2030 and become the market leader in electric car sales in the United States.