General Motors announced that its BrightDrop electric commercial vehicle business will add a second delivery van to its lineup in 2023 and has agreed to supply that vehicle to Verizon Communications Inc.
GM said the medium-sized EV410, aimed at a segment that includes grocery, telecommunications and other service providers that require smaller vehicles, will be built starting in the second half of 2023 at the company’s CAMI assembly plant in Canada. The Ingersoll, Ontario, plant will start building the larger EV600 van in November 2022.
GM claims the EV600 will save fleet managers $7,000 annually compared with a similar diesel-powered vehicle.
In January, GM CEO Mary Barra announced the company’s entry to the growing electric delivery vehicle. GM said then the first 500 units of the EV 600 would be shipped to FedEx by year end, with deliveries to other customers starting in early 2022.
Both new EV vans will use a version of GM’s Ultium battery system and offer a driving range of 250 miles (400 km) between charges. GM has not disclosed pricing of either van.