Announced a company GM is about to separate the business for delivery and logistics and make it a subsidiary of the new named company BrightDrop, Whose first products will be the electric delivery truck and the electric pallet.
Both vehicles, which are powered by GM’s Ultium battery platform, are slated to be launched this year.
The announcement of the new logistics business comes as GM undergoes a massive $ 27 billion pivot operation to enter the field of electric vehicle manufacturing and design.
General Motors, the largest automaker in North America, has unveiled a new logo as part of an overall brand redesign.
General Motors has been lagging behind Tesla and other electric vehicle manufacturers as it is trying to convince its investors that it has a firm understanding of the future of electric-powered transportation.
BrightDrop is a major part of this hub, with hundreds of thousands of electric delivery trucks expected to hit the road in the coming years.
The first vehicle to be launched under the BrightDrop brand is the electric pallet called EP1, which uses To transport parcels from the delivery vehicle to the customer’s door.
The electric pallet runs at a maximum speed of 4.8 kilometers per hour, and packages can be kept inside, as it comes with adjustable shelves and lockable closet doors.
In addition, the EP1 electric pallet can carry up to 0.6 cubic meters of cargo, while its payload is 90kg.
The EP1 electric pallet aims to address the current issue of parcel delivery, where parcels are often randomly and unsecured on city sidewalks.
GM partnered with FedEx Express in a pilot program last year to test the EP1, and use of the electric pallet allowed FedEx workers to handle 25 percent of extra packages per day.
The EP1 electric pallet can transport goods more efficiently within short distances, and start production In early 2021.
The second vehicle to be introduced under the BrightDrop trademark is the electric delivery truck, called the EV600, that drives For 400 kilometers with 17 cubic meters of cargo space and a total vehicle weight of 4,535kg.
And it will have a charge rate of 170 mph when connected to the 120 kW fast charger.
This vehicle will go into production in late 2021, with the first vehicles delivered by the end of the year.
BrightDrop EV600 includes a safety system with motion sensors to help keep the charging area safe.
Other features include sliding front doors, spacious cabin aisles, and a large cargo bumper door that opens automatically.
Commercial vehicles come with a number of advanced driver assistance features, including blind spot detection, lane keeping, and front and rear parking.
The large 13.4-inch digital infotainment screen is sure to be the centerpiece of the interior.
BrightDrop also offers a suite of programs for customers purchasing its new commercial vehicles, and customers can track the location of each EP1 platform, remotely lock and unlock each platform, and monitor battery health.
The EV600 electric delivery truck also gets battery and location monitoring features, plus driver safety training, accident recording, remote diagnostics, safety alerts, predictive maintenance insights and over-the-air updates.