GM’s BrightDrop launches new electric van for Verizon

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A rendering of GM’s BrightDrop EV410, which is an electric medium-sized commercial truck scheduled to be launched in 2023.

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Detroit– General Motors’ Commercial electric vehicle business BrightDrop plans to add a second van to its lineup in 2023. Verizon Communications Plan to become the first customer.

The automaker said on Tuesday that the EV410 is a medium-sized work car that is expected to cater to customers like Verizon who do not need a large delivery truck like the EV600. Announced in January.

A BrightDrop spokesperson declined to comment on the Verizon transaction. A spokesperson for the communications giant did not immediately respond to comment.

EV410 was announced when BrightDrop confirmed the completion of the first production version of EV600.They will arrive Federal ExpressBrightDrop CEO Travis Katz told CNBC that its first customer will proceed as planned by the end of this year.

Katz, who joined General Motors at the end of last year, said that the second car will open up new markets for the business, which he said is a start-up company of a traditional automaker.

General Motors employee Anshul Shah installed trim parts on the BrightDrop EV600, the company’s first all-electric light commercial vehicle manufactured specifically for the delivery of goods and services in Livonia, Michigan on September 24, 2021.

Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors

“This helps strengthen the entire ecosystem we are doing,” he said in an interview.

EV410 is essentially a smaller version of EV600. It has the same appearance and can provide the 250-mile range estimated by General Motors when fully charged.

Katz said that EV600 takes about 20 months and is the fastest vehicle from concept to market ever produced by General Motors.This is better than The upcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup He said that at 26 months.

“The world is changing. The automotive industry is changing,” Katz said. “We need to be able to iterate faster. A lot of what we are doing is actually pushing the limits of how we can push our vehicles to the market faster.”

GM is working with German auto suppliers WHO Helped to produce the original EV600 for FedEx. The automaker is currently transforming an assembly plant in Ontario, Canada to produce large trucks and EV410.

According to Katz, General Motors expects EV600 production to begin at the Canadian plant in November next year.

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