General Motors and FedEx have teamed up to develop an electric delivery van with the platform of the new Hummer EV

With the sector of parcel Pulling harder and harder, vans are becoming an interesting development and experimentation platform for electric mobility.

General Motors has presented a new electric van project, this time together with the distribution giant FedEx. A cargo vehicle for deliveries in urban environments similar to that already being developed by other associations such as Amazon-Rivian O Deutsche Post-Ford.

FedEx and General Motors united by electric vans

General Motors Fedex Brightdrop Ev600 4

Baptized as EV600, this van is articulated around the Ultium Drive platform for electric vehicles of the group, the same one that uses, for example, the new and immense GMC Hummer EV of 1,000 CV. Obviously the van will not have that power, although the packages would arrive earlier.

In fact, and saving the distances, the mechanical components are the same as in the new Hummer, although obviously adapted for a very different purpose. They have not offered technical data on the battery or the power of the engine at the moment, but they announce a autonomy up to 400 km.

General Motors Fedex Brightdrop Ev600 3

With such an autonomy, the distances necessary for a delivery van in a day are far exceeded, but when recharging it can withstand a power up to 120 kW.

At the structural level, the resistant electric platform has been used to configure a 17 m³ cargo space and a maximum mass of up to 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds according to US regulations.

General Motors Fedex Brightdrop Ev600 2 EP1, the electric pallet truck developed by General Motors.

In the driving position, General Motors announces a completely digital dashboard where the status of the load can be monitored, but it also has aids such as autonomous opening of the gate, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping, blind spot alert and pedestrian warning.

Although there are no actual images of the EV600 yet, General Motors has suggested that the electric van should start delivering FedEx packages by the end of 2021, opening up to other clients in 2022.

The EV600 will be just one part of a complete logistics package called BrightDrop in partnership with FedEx. In addition to the vehicle, the collaboration between these two firms involves the development of a intangible infrastructure, with all the software and specific complementary services.

Among others, General Motors will put fleet management systems on the table, electric pallet trucks or computer programs to make the world of parcels a more sustainable ecosystem.

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