General Motors subsidiary Brightdrop has delivered 150 of their Zevo 600 electric delivery vans to FedEx, the companies announced on Tuesday.
The 150 Brightdrop vans were delivered in southern California, where they will be used for last-mile delivery solutions. The Zevo 600 has an estimated range of 250 miles (402km) on a full charge.
The van has already been able to live up to and exceed those claims, even while fully loaded. Earlier this year a Zevo 600 completed a 259 mile (418km) trip from New York City to Washington, DC on a single charge while transporting a shipment of sustainable cleaning products, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process.
FedEx is also building the necessary charging infrastructure to support their new electric fleet. More than 500 charging stations have already been installed across California, and the company is investing in increasing on-site generation and renewable energy acquisition in its buildings.
The delivery is another step towards FedEx’s goal of converting their entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric by 2040. The company plans to add 2,500 Zevo 600 vans over the next few years.
“At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon neutral global operations,” said Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 will eventually be built in Canada at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The facility is currently being converted from producing the Chevrolet Equinox, with the Zevo 600 production line set to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.