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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 09:56

Walmart Signs Up for 5,000 BrightDrop EVs, FedEx Expands Deal

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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General Motors' new all-electric commercial vehicle brand, BrightDrop, announced at 2022 CES a new agreement with Walmart and an additional agreement with FedEx, which recently received the first vehicles.

Walmart intends to buy thousands of BrightDrop’s EV600 and smaller EV410 electric delivery vans. The company signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 units.

 

FedEx, already signed in for the first 500 BrightDrop EV600 right from the start in early 2021, now would like to get 2,000 more BrightDrop EVs. It will be 2,500 in total. There is a potential to increase the volume up to 20,000, according to the press release.

 

As we understand, the agreements are not definite orders yet.

 

So far, GM has scored several huge agreements. In addition to the Walmart and FedEx deals, Merchants Fleet has an agreement for 18,000 BridghtDrop EVs---12,600 EV600s and 5,400 EV410s.

 

FedEx is also interested in the small EP1 electric pallet, which was successfully tested in Toronto and New York. The EP1 noticeably improved package deliveries:

 

"Following a Toronto-based pilot announced in January 2021, which saw a 25% increase in package deliveries per day when using BrightDrop’s EP1 electric container, BrightDrop announced the completion of a second pilot with FedEx in New York City.

 

"In this limited pilot, the integration of BrightDrop’s EP1 allowed FedEx Express couriers to increase package deliveries by 15% per hour, remove one on-road vehicle from the delivery route and cut delivery vehicle curbside dwell time in half, when used on...


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