GM’s BrightDrop to Sell 5,400 Commercial EVs to Merchants Fleet

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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.

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.