The streets of our future are becoming more and more electrified as each day passes. And, while various manufacturers’ pickup trucks are leading the way in terms of production and availability, delivery vans are on their rear bumper and coming into their own just as steadily.
BrightDrop is General Motors’ e-van entity. The brand’s flagship is a recently introduced fullsize Electric Light Commercial Vehicle (eLCV) called the EV600, a long-range hauler that is slated to serve FedEx and other delivery outlets, starting in 2022. The company’s newest van, EV410, is a smaller (technically midsize) utility rig that is also built in GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.
Similar, but Smaller
Although it’s considerably downsized, the BrightDrop EV410 features much of the same equipment as the big unit, especially safety equipment that includes: front and rear park assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, IntelliBeam automatic high-beams, rear cross-traffic braking, blind zone steering assist, reverse automatic braking, HD surround vision, rear pedestrian alert and enhanced automatic emergency braking, and a HD rear-vision camera.
However, in terms of actual physicality, the BrightDrop EV410 is shorter (150-inch wheelbase/20 feet long) and has 400 cubic feet of cargo space, and it covers approximately 250 miles on a fully charged battery of undisclosed capacity.
Verizon Is First
With an unknown number of service vans ordered, Verizon is on deck as the small van’s first customer. “Adding the EV410 to our fleet is the latest step in our commitment to Verizon achieving net zero operational emissions by 2035,” says Ken Jack, vice president of fleet operations for Verizon. Vehicles should be in service by 2023.
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