FedEx is the first buyer to obtain electric delivery vans from General Motors’ new EV-focused firm BrightDrop. The logistics large says it would combine the EVs into its fleet beginning in 2022.
BrightDrop, which is GM’s new devoted electric delivery van spinoff, stated it delivered 5 of its larger-sized EV600 delivery vans to FedEx, the first in a deliberate 500-vehicle order. The EV600, which went into manufacturing final fall, has 600 cubic ft of cargo house, can journey as much as 250 miles on a full battery, and has a gross car weight of lower than 10,000 kilos.
The vans had been delivered to FedEx’s facility in Inglewood, California, the place they are going to be housed and maintained. FedEx plans to start deploying BrightDrop’s autos on the roads making deliveries in Los Angeles beginning within the first half of 2022 and can add extra autos as BrightDrop makes them obtainable.
FedEx has greater than 200,000 motorized autos in its fleet. As of 2019, the corporate had 2,944 electric autos in service, which included electric and hybrid delivery vans, forklifts, and airport floor service gear. The firm has dedicated to spending $2 billion to turn out to be carbon impartial by 2040.
When GM first introduced the creation of BrightDrop, it introduced up FedEx’s curiosity in shopping for electric vans from the corporate as some extent of validation. What it didn’t point out was that FedEx has been on the hunt for a dependable EV provider for a very long time. The firm had a cope with erstwhile EV startup Chanje to purchase 1,000 electric delivery vans however was left within the lurch when Chanje didn’t make good on its promise. (FedEx is now suing Chanje, which formally shut down earlier this yr.)
GM additionally partnered with FedEx Express on a pilot final yr to check out the EP1, an electric pallet that can be utilized to move packages from a delivery car to a buyer’s entrance door. Using the electric pallet allowed FedEx employees to deal with 25 % extra packages a day, GM stated.
Meanwhile, GM determined to spin off a brand new EV-focused logistics enterprise as a part of a large, $35 billion pivot to electric autos. GM has been nipping on the heels of Tesla and different EV makers because it makes an attempt to rewrite its historical past and lead the cost into an all-electric future.