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GM’s BrightDrop is bringing its electric delivery vans to Mexico


BrightDrop, the electric delivery spin-off of General Motors, will bring its battery-powered delivery vans to Mexico as its next market. The company now covers all of North America after expanding into Canada last year.

The first two products to be available to customers in Mexico will be the company’s Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 delivery vans. The Zevo 600 has a 165 kWh battery for 250 miles of range. The Zevo 400 is smaller and more nimble, though we’re still waiting for more specific specs when it begins production later this year. Customers in Mexico will be able to order the trucks through the BrightDrop website as well starting later this year.

BrightDrop electric vehicles are built at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, where GM says production of the Zevo 600 is ramping up with the Zevo 400 “on track to start in the next few months.”

GM created BrightDrop in 2021 as part of a larger effort to reboot the delivery space for the electrified age. Electric delivery vans aren’t the only BrightDrop products. Its goal is to be an e-commerce delivery ecosystem that includes software, access to charging station providers, and even an electrically powered assisted pallet that can be used in the warehouse or on the road for package delivery and pickup.

BrightDrop has agreements with several major service and delivery companies, including Walmart, FedEx, and Verizon. The pandemic has fueled a boom in home delivery, with experts predicting that the number of delivery vehicles in the world’s 100 largest cities will increase by 36 percent over the next decade. More trucks equals more tailpipe pollution, at least 36 percent or 6 million tons, according to the World Economic Forum.

The stakes are high for BrightDrop and for GM. Last year, the company confidently predicted that it would hit $1 billion in revenue by 2023, making it one of the fastest companies to reach that milestone. But GM’s EV sales have slowed, quarter after quarter, as the company has faced supply chain challenges in terms of building its Ultium battery-powered vehicles.

Earlier this year, BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz said Decoder that the company was going to make more money faster than Tesla. “To put that in context, it took Tesla 10 years to get to $1 billion,” Katz said. “I feel like this combination, this start-up backed by a great company, is giving us good results.”

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