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    Our first impressions after driving FedEx’s new electric delivery van / ArsTechnica · Friday, 22 April - 20:40 · 1 minute

BrightDrop made efficient use of GM

Enlarge / BrightDrop made efficient use of GM's new electric vehicle platform, bringing the Zevo 600 from idea to reality in less than two years.

As new electric vehicles go, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 is pretty spartan. It has a full suite of the latest driver safety aids and a Google-powered infotainment system, but you can see bare metal skin when you look at the door from the driver's seat, and the innate quiet of its electric powertrain is offset by the ever-present clanking and banging from the rear roller door. But that's OK because the Zevo 600 is a commercial van, and that means being reliable, efficient, and safe is more important than being the last word in refinement.

We've followed BrightDrop's development for a while now. The startup first broke cover at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2021 through an announcement by General Motors' Mary Barra during her keynote at the conference. Making use of GM's new platform of batteries and electric motors , BrightDrop raced the new Hummer EV to be the fastest-developed vehicle in GM history at just 20 months.

As in the Hummer EV, you'll find a double-stacked slab of lithium-ion cells between the Zevo 600's wheelbase. In this case, there are 20 modules (versus 24 in the Hummer, or just 12 in the forthcoming Cadillac Lyric SUV ), which is sufficient for a range of at least 250 miles (402 km). And to prove it, the van drove from New York City to Washington, DC, on Thursday on a single charge.

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    FedEx veut mettre des lasers anti-missiles sur ses avions cargos / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 17 January, 2022 - 11:00


FedEx est connu dans le monde entier pour son service de livraisons, aussi bien sur terre que dans les airs. Mais ce dernier serait plus menacé que jamais.

FedEx veut mettre des lasers anti-missiles sur ses avions cargos

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    Walmart wants to buy 5,000 electric delivery vans from GM’s BrightDrop / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 17:15

A Brightdrop EV600 in Walmart colors outside a Walmart

Enlarge / A BrightDrop EV600 delivery van in Walmart's livery. The retailer wants to buy 5,000 BrightDrop EVs in total. (credit: BrightDrop)

The electric delivery vehicle startup BrightDrop is on a roll. Set up by General Motors, BrightDrop leveraged the automaker's investment in its new Ultium battery platform and Ultium Drive electric motors to bring the EV600 delivery van to market in just 20 months—faster than any other vehicle in GM history.

Last month, the company delivered the first five EV600 vans to FedEx, its first customer . Now, FedEx is increasing its order from 500 vans to 2,000 over "the next few years" and has plans to add up to 20,000 more in time.

Now, BrightDrop can add another marquee customer to its books. The retail giant Walmart has signed an agreement with BrightDrop for 5,000 vans, split between the bigger EV600 and smaller EV410 models. (The number indicates the van's cargo storage in cubic feet.) Walmart will use the electric vans for its InHome delivery service.

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    FedEx receives its first electric BrightDrop delivery vans / ArsTechnica · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 16:02

BrightDrop delivers five of 500 electric light commercial vehicles to FedEx, the first customer to receive the EV600s.

Enlarge / BrightDrop delivers five of 500 electric light commercial vehicles to FedEx, the first customer to receive the EV600s. (credit: FedEx)

At the beginning of the year, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that the company was starting a new business . It's called BrightDrop, and it's focused on providing electrified products for delivery and logistics businesses. At the time, we also learned that FedEx would be the first customer for BrightDrop's EV600 electric van. Today, the shipping company accepted the first five (of 500) vehicles, which will start making deliveries in Los Angeles in 2022.

Like other GM brands, BrightDrop is using the automaker's new 800 V Ultium battery packs and Ultium Drive motors in these new electric vehicles. The EV600 has a 250-mile range (402 km) and a capacity of 600 cubic feet (16,990 L).

"At FedEx, transforming our pickup and delivery fleet to electric vehicles is integral to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals announced earlier this year. This collaborative effort shows how businesses can take action to help usher in a lower-emissions future for all," said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer at FedEx.

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    Verizon will be the first customer for BrightDrop’s new electric van / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 - 13:00 · 1 minute

In January, General Motors created a new electric vehicle brand . It's called BrightDrop, and like GM's legacy brands that are electrifying, it, too, will use the company's forthcoming Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors. Unlike the rest of GM's brands, this one is aimed squarely at the fleet market. At the time, GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that Fedex would be BrightDrop's first customer. On Tuesday, BrightDrop announced that Verizon will also start using the electric vans.

In fact, Verizon will use a second BrightDrop vehicle, called the EV410. This uses the same battery pack and motor as the EV600 that we saw in FedEx colors at the start of the year. It will also offer the same 250-mile (402 km) range and come with the same package of safety systems. The biggest difference is the size and the amount of cargo each can carry; the EV410 is shorter overall than the EV600 and can carry 410 cubic feet (11,610 L) versus the bigger van's 600 cubic feet (16,990 L).

Meanwhile, BrightDrop is completing the first production EV600s, which are destined to start work for Fedex this holiday season. BrightDrop has contracted out the initial low-volume manufacturing to an unnamed supplier in Michigan while it refits GM's CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Canada. EV600 production at CAMI is scheduled for late 2022, but Verizon has a longer wait on its hands—EV410 production won't begin until the following year.

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