Normal Motors on Tuesdays introduced the opening of the primary dealership for BrightDrop, a brand new standalone enterprise that is initially targeted on electrical vans for business fleets.
Positioned in Fontana, California, the BrightDrop Larger Los Angeles retailer shall be operated by an present franchised vendor, GM confirmed in a press launch. The franchisee is Mike Caposio, who additionally has Chevrolet and Buick/GMC dealerships in California.
GM solely introduced the preliminary BrightDrop EV600 mannequin in January, and confirmed in late September that the primary vans had been in-built Ontario, Canada. On the time, GM mentioned the primary vans would go to FedEx in time for the vacation season.
The automaker has mentioned that manufacturing will stay low-volume initially, nonetheless. GM has mentioned it will not absolutely ramp up till November 2022. The EV600 shall be adopted by a short-wheelbase EV410 model, to constructed on the identical Canadian manufacturing facility starting in 2023.
GM quotes a 250-mile vary and gross automobile weight ranking (GVWR) of beneath 10,000 kilos for each variations. BrightDrop additionally beforehand talked about plans to launch its EP1 electrical pallet system earlier than the tip of 2021.
GM can also be making ready a fleet model of its Ultium Cost 360 service with fleet and facility administration instruments plus integration with OnStar Car Insights telematics and BrightDrop’s personal administration platform.
Whereas GM goes with a clean-sheet design and model identify, rival Ford’s E-Transit is an electrical model of the very talked-about Transit van.
A number of startups are additionally aiming to promote electrical vans to fleet prospects in the US. After investing in Rivian, Amazon ordered a fleet of bespoke electrical supply vans from the corporate. Electrical Final Mile Options (ELMS) is assembling electrical vans on the former Hummer manufacturing facility in Mishawaka, Indiana, transport the primary automobiles to prospects earlier this 12 months.