General Motors’ BrightDrop, a technology startup helping to decarbonise last-mile deliveries, has announced that Merchants Fleet, the US’s fastest-growing fleet management company, plans to expand its purchase order to 18,000 BrightDrop electric vehicles, with the addition of 5,400 EV410 mid-size electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs).
The EV410 order adds to the 12,600 EV600s slated to be integrated into the company’s fleet starting in 2023.
Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO, said: “Merchants Fleet’s plan to purchase such a large order of our electric commercial vehicles shows they are serious about leading the fleet industry’s transformation to an all-electric future, and confident in BrightDrop’s ability to bring that vision to life.
“The collaboration with Merchants Fleet opens the door for other companies that want to electrify their fleets by providing access to our portfolio of electric vehicles, which is a critical step toward decreasing vehicle-related emissions in the communities where we live.”
With an estimated range of up to 250 miles (402km), the mid-size EV410 is well-suited for faster, smaller payload deliveries or as a last-mile and traditional service vehicle.
The EV410’s available gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds (4,536kg) also reduces the need for additional operating licenses, expanding zero-emissions driving to new segments.
Brendon Keegan, Merchants Fleet CEO, said: “We are dedicated to meeting our fleet clients’ EV needs, from top to bottom. Every fleet has different requirements, so we need to provide flexibility and offer best-in-class solutions, at every level.
“The electrification of fleet is no longer in the future – it is here, and we are proud to work with BrightDrop to reach diverse segments and drive this transformation forward.”