GM has launched a new business, BrightDrop, to build electric solutions to cover the entire delivery process.
As the transition to electric transportation moves ahead, GM is working to tackle the delivery industry. To better do so, the company is launching BrightDrop, with a focus on developing an “ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products.”
The first product that will come to market is the BrightDrop EP1, a propulsion-assist electric pallet. This will be followed by the BrightDrop EV600, an electric light commercial delivery vehicle.
The company will also be developing a range software and services to compliment its products.
“BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services,” said Mary Barra GM Chairman and CEO. “We are building on our significant expertise in electrification, mobility applications, telematics and fleet management, with a new one-stop-shop solution for commercial customers to move goods in a better, more sustainable way.”
GM is working with FedEx Express to fine-tune the new products and services. One pilot program has already been completed, with another slated to begin.
“Our need for reliable, sustainable transportation has never been more important,” said Richard Smith, FedEx Express regional president of the Americas and executive vice president of global support. “BrightDrop is a perfect example of the innovations we are adopting to transform our company as time-definite express transportation continues to grow. With this new suite of products, we will help improve the safety, security and timeliness of FedEx Express deliveries, while reducing our environmental impact and protecting the well-being of our couriers.”