GM’s BrightDrop Electric Delivery Vans Expand to First International Market: Canada

Brightdrop EV van DHL

General Motors’ subsidiary BrightDrop announced on Monday it has expanded to its first international market, Canada.

DHL Express Canada has signed on as a customer for the company’s Zeve electric delivery vans, with plans to pilot BrightDrop Trace eCarts.

Today also saw the announcement of BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery van production starting at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario. This also marks Canada’s first large-scale EV factory.

“Bringing BrightDrop to Canada and starting production at CAMI is a major step to providing EVs at scale, while delivering real results to the world’s biggest brands,” said Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO, in a statement. “Our international expansion is proof that we can deliver exactly what our customers need where they need it. Having DHL Express Canada come onboard as a new customer shows the confidence legacy brands have in our ability to deliver.”

BrightDrop has major U.S. customers such as Walmart, Hertz and Verizon, and with DHL Express Canada on board, there are now over 25,000 production reservations for its electric delivery vans.

The CAMI plant in Ontario expects to make 50,000 Zevo vans annually by 2025. Zevo 600 models will begin scaled production in January 2023 and Zevo 400 models in late 2023.