Friday , January 15 2021

GM launches subsidiary for electric vans and pickup trucks

(Washington) The manufacturer General Motors announced Tuesday the launch of a new subsidiary called BrightDrop which will offer delivery vans and a whole range of services for electric vehicles intended for logistics. The group will initially offer two new products: EP1, a sort of delivery box on wheels, and EV600, an electric van with a range of 400 kilometers per charge. FedEx Express, a division of the carrier FedEx, will be the first customer of this new offer and should receive the first copies of the EP1 soon and the EV600 by the end of the year. But GM also plans to offer services, such as electric charging infrastructure or a platform for managing the fleet of BrightDrop devices. “We are leveraging our significant expertise in electrification, mobility applications, telematics and fleet management, bringing everything together under a single window allowing customers to transport their goods in a more efficient and more efficient way. sustainable, ”commented GM boss Mary Barra, quoted in the statement. This new initiative, announced at the Las Vegas Consumer Technology Show (CES), is part of the group’s strategy to focus on electric vehicles. GM has in fact planned to invest $ 27 billion by 2025 in electric and autonomous vehicles, in particular to better cope with Tesla and young competitors. The automaker hopes to launch 30 new models of electric vehicles by the end of 2025, with examples in each of the group’s four brands – Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick. GM’s more specific foray into logistics announced Tuesday also comes as Amazon recently unveiled its first all-electric delivery vehicle, pickup trucks made by start-up Rivian.

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