Last year, the announcements about electric vans became so prevalent that one could barely win his head. Not only startups but also manufacturers with a long history have announced their plans and innovations in this field. The line will be continued this year by General Motors, which would market in this segment with a completely new brand, BrightDrop.
BrightDrop’s first product is a four-wheeled warehouse trolley, which will be available as early as the first half of 2021. The EP1 will be powered by electric hub motors, so it will not have to be pushed by the employee, which could make the job easier for delivery workers. The transport capacity of the transport trolley with lockable doors is 90 kg, so it can prove to be a useful work tool both in warehouses and in vans transporting to the house.
At the same time, General Motors ’big throw will be the EV600 light-duty electric van, which will be developed primarily for the needs of package delivery companies. The vehicle will be made in a classic “boxed” design and it looks like it will be able to pack very well as it will have a cargo space of 16.9 cubic meters. However, the total weight of the EV600 will still not exceed 4.5 tons.
The van will be fitted with GM’s newly developed Ultium battery pack unveiled last year, which will be the first to be incorporated into the electric Hummer and Chevrolet pickup. Although a value for the expected capacity of the energy storage package has not yet been announced, it is certain that the EV600 will be able to cover 402 kilometers on a single charge. At the same time, GM’s new battery can be made in a version with a capacity of up to 200 kWh, which allows a range of up to more than 600 kilometers. Nonetheless, it already offers a longer scope on paper than the eTransit announced for 2022, which will also be marketed in the North American market.
The EV600 will be equipped with a number of driving assistance systems, including a parking assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, intelligent headlight control and an HD reversing camera, as standard. In addition, operators may request, among other things, a dead space monitoring system and a cross-traffic monitoring assistant.
A pilot series of General Motors’ new electric van will be completed later this year and will be commissioned by FedEx Express. It is calculated that the EV600 can deliver 25 percent more packages than vehicles equipped with a conventional internal combustion engine. And BrightDrop is expected to be launched in 2022, probably under one of GM’s well-known brands.
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