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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:16

GM Launches New Electric Delivery Business

FedEx Express is slated to be the first customer of the BrightDrop EV600, and will begin receiving their vehicles later this year. FedEx Express is slated to be the first customer of the BrightDrop EV600, and will begin receiving their vehicles later this year.

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General Motors announced Jan. 12 a new business, BrightDrop, which will offer an ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services to empower delivery and logistics companies to move goods more efficiently.

These BrightDrop solutions are designed to help businesses lower costs, maximize productivity, improve employee safety and freight security, and support overall sustainability efforts.

 

“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.”

 

BrightDrop was born out of GM’s Global Innovation organization and joins the lineup of other recently launched Global Innovation startups, such as OnStar Insurance, OnStar Guardian and GM Defense.

 

From a growth strategy standpoint, this new business will unlock areas of B2B, expansion of the Ultium platform and software and service opportunities.

 

GM estimates that by 2025, the combined market opportunity for parcel, food delivery and reverse logistics in the U.S. will be over $850 billion.

 

According to the World Economic Forum, demand for urban last-mile delivery, fueled by ecommerce, is expected to grow by 78% by 2030, leading to a 36% increase in delivery vehicles in the world’s top 100 cities. At the same time...


...this increase in demand is expected to cause delivery-related carbon emissions to rise by nearly a third.

 

BrightDrop is the result of extensive research and listening to challenges faced by delivery customers and then leveraging GM expertise to develop real-life solutions. An EP1 pilot program has already been completed in partnership with FedEx Express.

 

During the pilot, FedEx Express couriers were able to effectively and safely handle 25% more packages per day with the EP1s. FedEx Express couriers shared feedback that the EP1s were easy to maneuver and reduced physical strain.

 

With plans to continue innovating, BrightDrop and FedEx Express have another pilot scheduled to take place in one of the biggest urban centers of the U.S. this quarter. FedEx Express is also slated to be the first customer of the EV600, receiving their vehicles later this year.

 

For more information on BrightDrop and its products and services, visit gobrightdrop.com.

 

Source: GM

 

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