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FedEx received its first electric delivery vans from GM

BrightDrop is General Motors’ new delivery and logistics company.

FedEx received its first electric delivery vans from GM

FedEx is the first client to receive electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, General Motors’ new EV-focused company. The logistics giant says it will begin integrating EVs into its fleet in 2022.

BrightDrop, GM’s new dedicated electric delivery van spinoff, announced the delivery of five of its larger-sized EV600 delivery vans to FedEx, the first of a 500-vehicle deal. The EV600, which went into production last year, has 600 cubic feet of cargo space, can drive up to 250 miles on a single charge, and weighs less than 10,000 pounds.

The vans were transported to FedEx’s Inglewood, California, facility, where they would be housed and maintained. FedEx intends to begin deploying BrightDrop’s vehicles on the roadways of Los Angeles in the first half of 2022, making deliveries, and will add more vehicles as they become available from BrightDrop.

Last year, GM collaborated with FedEx Express on a trial to test the EP1, an electric pallet that can transfer items from a delivery van to a customer’s front door. According to GM, using the electric pallet enables FedEx workers to handle 25% more shipments each day.

Meanwhile, as part of a big $35 billion shift to electric vehicles, GM chose to spin out a new EV-focused logistics firm. GM has been hot on Tesla’s and other EV producers’ tails as it strives to reinvent its history and lead the charge into an all-electric future.

Via Engadget

Last year, GM collaborated with FedEx Express on a trial to test the EP1, an electric pallet that can transfer items from a delivery van to a customer’s front door. According to GM, using the electric pallet enables FedEx workers to handle 25% more shipments each day.

Meanwhile, as part of a big $35 billion shift to electric vehicles, GM chose to spin out a new EV-focused logistics firm. GM has been hot on Tesla’s and other EV producers’ tails as it strives to reinvent its history and lead the charge into an all-electric future.

While FedEx has partnered with GM on electric delivery, competitor UPS has bought 10,000 electric delivery vehicles from UK-based Arrival Ltd. Amazon also has placed an order for 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles and holds a 20% stake in the firm. Amazon has already begun Rivian electric deliveries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, ahead of both FedEx and UPS.

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