GM’s BrightDrop to Sell 5,400 Commercial EVs to Merchants Fleet
The General Motors (GM) commercial electric vehicle (EV) arm BrightDrop will supply a number of vans to Merchant’s Fleet, as shared in a statement from the vehicle leasing company on Thursday.
Merchant’s Fleet has shared plans to purchase as many as 5,400 electric delivery van units from BrightDrop, according to a report from Automotive News.
While Merchant’s Fleet currently has a fleet of electric vans, the deal will bring the fleet order up to a total of 18,000 BrightDrop vans.
About 12,600 of the vehicle orders are BrightDrop’s full-size EV600 van, while the other 5,400 are for the smaller EV410 model.
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GM announced plans to develop its electric BrightDrop vans for FedEx in January, later announcing plans to build a GM EV facility for BrightDrop’s EV600 in Ontario, Canada.
BrightDrop has also landed a deal with mobile service carrier giant Verizon Wireless Communications, among others still.
The news also comes amidst Amazon-backed Rivian’s electric Prime delivery van’s early deployments in addition to other companies attempting to join the electric delivery vehicle market.
Last month, GM detailed a plan to double its annual revenues by 2030 in a push towards EVs, along with GM sharing its Ultium EV platform for consumer EVs throughout the course of this year.