U.S.-based electric van manufacturer BrightDrop is looking North, towards Canada. The electric branch of the General Motors group (here‘s something about the project) has recently added DHL Express to its customer portfolio. Moreover, BrightDrop also announced production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans had begun at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, making the facility Canada’s first large-scale EV factory.
As a matter of fact, DHL Express Canada plans to add its first BrightDrop Zevo electric delivery vans to its fleet early next year. The international shipping and logistics giant is also currently piloting BrightDrop’s Trace eCarts and software platform in Toronto, with additional regions to follow. Adding BrightDrop’s commercial solutions to its operations is part of DHL’s €7 billion commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
BrightDrop’s eyes on Canada as the first foreign market
“Bringing BrightDrop to Canada and starting production at CAMI is a major step to providing EVs at scale, while delivering real results to the world’s biggest brands,” said Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO. “Our international expansion is proof that we can deliver exactly what our customers need where they need it. Having DHL Express Canada come onboard as a new customer shows the confidence legacy brands have in our ability to deliver.”
To help meet strong customer demand, CAMI expects to produce 50,000 Zevo vans annually by 2025. Scaled production is expected to begin with Zevo 600 models in January 2023 and Zevo 400 models in late 2023. After a record-setting commercialization for GM, BrightDrop has delivered 150 vehicles to its U.S. launch customer, marking one of the largest deployments of commercial electric delivery vans to date.