BrightDrop is about to sell a total of 18,000 electric vans to US company Merchants Fleet, «the nation’s fastest growing fleet management company», as stated in the press release. Merchants Fleet had previously ordered 12,600 EV600s (pictures above), supposed to be integrated into the company’s fleet starting in 2023. Now, an addition of 5,400 electric vehicles deals with the EV410s mid-sized electric light commercial vehicles, recently unveiled by BrightDrop. The latter, as we wrote in this post, is a new business, from General Motors, reimagining the commercial delivery and logistics industry for an all-electric future.
More into details, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge, the mid-size EV410 (pictures below) 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 also reduces the need for additional operating licenses, expanding zero-emissions driving to new segments.
Statements from Merchants Fleet and BrightDrop
«We are dedicated to meeting our fleet clients’ EV needs, from top to bottom», declared Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan P. Keegan. «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».
«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», added Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO. «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».