(TAUT) — General Motors electric pickup truck subsidiary BrightDrop has delivered 150 pickup trucks to FedEx, the companies announced Tuesday. This comes after five of the vans were delivered to FedEx last December and this is BrightDrop’s first major delivery of vans.
FedEx and GM previously announced deals for the package delivery company to buy 2,500 electric vans from BrightDrop with negotiations for another 20,000 vans underway.
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Walmart also previously announced a deal to buy the vans.
Electric delivery vans have become a major competition arena for established and start-up automakers. That’s with the exception of Tesla, which doesn’t have any pickups in production and hasn’t announced any plans for them. Tesla announced plans for electric tractor-trailers in November 2017, a very different type of vehicle, but these have yet to hit the market.
Meanwhile, automakers like GM, Ford and Stellantis, which make Ram and Fiat pickup trucks, as well as Amazon-backed start-up Rivian, have all started producing or announced plans to produce electric delivery vans. .
Electric vans are a hot market as delivery companies face increasing demands to reduce their carbon emissions and fuel costs while, thanks to the continued growth of e-commerce, demand for local deliveries continues. to grow. Electric vans are also ideally suited for delivery work where they typically make relatively short trips and then return each evening to the same home base where they can be plugged in to charge overnight.
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FedEx said it is also adding additional vehicle charging stations to handle the expected influx of electric vans into its business. The delivery company has announced its commitment to be carbon neutral in its operations by 2040.
BrightDrop plans to offer two versions of its electric delivery truck. The largest van, the Zevo 600, can haul up to 2,200 pounds of packages and can travel up to 250 miles on a full charge. The smaller Zevo 400, which BrightDrop says will be available next year, is designed for local deliveries in tight urban environments. it will carry less cargo and can travel a shorter distance.
BrightDrop vans were developed entirely as electric vehicles. Unlike Ford’s E-Transit vans, BrightDrop vans are not available in gasoline or diesel versions. The company also has offers an electric delivery cart that drivers can use to transport packages to and from the van, called Trace, formerly titled EP1. The company also offers delivery management software systems.
GM announced BrightDrop as a separate sales subsidiary in early 2021 to specifically address the needs of delivery van customers.
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