GM’s electric delivery subsidiary BrightDrop has scored another big order with Merchants Fleet, a leading fleet management and leasing company.
Merchants Fleet has signed on the dotted line for 5,400 BrightDrop EV410s, the new mid-size electric light commercial vehicles. This latest order is on top of the 12,600 BrightDrop EV600 models Merchants Fleet has already ordered.
“We are dedicated to meeting our fleet clients’ EV needs, from top to bottom,” says 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 fleets 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.”
Designed to deliver goods over long ranges, the EV410 can manage up to 250 miles on a single charge as well as being able to charge at up to 160 miles per hour via 120 kW DC charging.
The EV410 can also carry up to 2,200 lbs in its 600 cubic feet cargo space. It also comes with a range of safety features including automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and forward collision alert.
“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,” says 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.”
The EV410s should save Merchants Fleet customers some money. BrightDrop reckons that businesses can save more than $7,000 per year in annual operating expense savings versus a diesel van.