GM launches BrightDrop commercial electric vehicle business

General Motors has announced the launch of a new electric commercial vehicles business called BrightDrop, with FedEx to be its first customer.

BrightDrop offers a pre-packaged ecosystem of electric first, middle and last mile products, software and services to enable logistics companies to move their goods more efficiently and sustainably.

“BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services,” said Mary Barra GM Chairman and CEO. “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.”

During the BrightDrop pilot with FedEx, the company’s couriers were able to effectively and safely handle 25% more packages per day. The couriers also reported that the EP1 platforms were easy to manoeuvre and reduced physical strain. Another pilot is scheduled to take place later this year in the US’ largest urban centres. At the same time it is to receive a large order of EV600 vans.

“Our need for reliable, sustainable transportation has never been more important,” said Richard Smith, FedEx Express regional president of the Americas and executive vice president of global support. “BrightDrop is a perfect example of the innovations we are adopting to transform our company as time-definite express transportation continues to grow. With this new suite of products, we will help improve the safety, security and timeliness of FedEx Express deliveries, while reducing our environmental impact and protecting the well-being of our couriers.”