BrightDrop delivers first of 500 EVs to FedEx

BrightDrop delivers first of 500 EVs to FedEx-brightdrop

FedEx and BrightDrop achieve major milestone in electrifying last-mile delivery. The first five of 500 electric e-vans were delivered to FedEx in December 2021. At the beginning of the year, a first exchange between the companies became known, which is now being implemented in a relatively short time. For GM, the EV600 vans are the vehicles that have been built the fastest from concept to market maturity.

This may also be due to the fact that there is high interest in the market for corresponding e-transporters. This is also reflected in the cooperation with Merchants Fleet, one of the fastest growing fleet management companies in the USA. This has no fewer than 12 at General Motors’ e-transporter division.600 purely electric delivery vehicles of the type EV600 ordered. In the meantime you have the first order for another 5.400 EV 410 electric transporters. In comparison, FedEx takes a smaller approach, but no less consistently.

The introduction of BrightDrop’s all-electric, zero-emission vehicles to the FedEx fleet is an important step in the company’s goal of becoming carbon neutral in its global operations by 2040. As Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer at FedEx puts it: “The delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600 vehicles is a historic moment born of the spirit of collaboration between two leading American companies. At FedEx, converting our collection and delivery fleet to electric vehicles is a key part of achieving our ambitious sustainability goals that we announced earlier this year.”

The EV600 will combine zero-emission driving with a range of advanced safety and comfort features, according to GM. The EV600 will be based on GM’s versatile Ultium platform and will accordingly be equipped with the Ultium battery system. The range of the e-transporter should be up to 400 km. With a 120 kW charge, enough energy should flow back into the battery for up to 270 km within an hour. The cargo space should have a capacity of a good 17 cubic meters. This makes the e-transporter ideal for delivery traffic over the last mile.

“As e-commerce continues to grow, BrightDrop is thrilled to be working with FedEx to drastically reduce delivery vehicle emissions and create a brighter future for all of us. FedEx has ambitious sustainability goals, and the speed with which we brought the first BrightDrop electric vehicles to market shows how the private sector can innovate and provide solutions to some of our biggest climate and emissions-related challenges.— Travis Katz, President and CEO of BrightDrop

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