General Motors (NYSE: GM) unveiled a new electric truck that will operate as a delivery van in the delivery goods market in the coming years. The van will be the first in a plan to introduce many new electric vehicles to the automobile market in the coming years. The company is venturing further into the electric market after it unveiled the 2022 electric GMC Hummer EV back in October of last year.
General Motors’ new delivery vehicle will come under the umbrella of a new company dedicated to logistics and shipping sustainability called BrightDrop. The new company will utilize GM’s battery powered vehicles to increase global sustainability efforts starting in 2021. The company, which was unveiled this week at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, ushers in a new generation for the logistics industry as consumer demands for carbon neutral shipping options are growing.
“BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in a press release. “We are building on our significant expertise in electrification, mobility applications, telematics and fleet management, with a new one-stop-shop solution for commercial customers to move goods in a better, more sustainable way,” read the statement.
GM announced recently that it would invest $27 billion into the development of electric vehicles in the coming years, promising to deliver 30 models of electric vehicles by 2025. Tightening global emissions regulations are creating a surge in demand for electric vehicles, and pushes for climate action in countries like the United States will only increase demand in the near future—though the incoming Biden Administration has not specified any vehicle-related plans.
BrightDrop will help the company meet those goals, and will provide much-needed sustainability in an industry that is often forgotten about among consumers. The new electric delivery van, called the EV600, will weigh less than 10,000 pounds and enable drivers to go 250 miles on a full charge. The vehicle will also offer fast charge options, enabling it to earn 170 miles per hour of charging. Cargo vans will be able to carry up to 200 pounds of cargo inside of a 23 cubic-foot cargo hold.
Federal Express (NYSE: FDX) is slated to receive 500 of the electric vans this year, with plans to improve sustainability across business to business sectors in 2021. FedEx will also be implementing delivery logistics for the COVID-19 vaccine, making the electric vehicles a key component in a successful vaccine rollout throughout the next year. You can check out the full GM Keynote from CES 2021 below.