GM Announces New EV Models, Concepts and BrightDrop Expansion

There was no surprise to see General Motors (GM) step up and make some big announcements at CES.

Amongst those announcements was that BrightDrop – which GM revealed as a new venture at last year’s CES and which offers a range of products, including electric vehicles, for transport and delivery fleets – had added the retail behemoth Walmart to its list of customers, and that it was also expanding its relationship with delivery giant FedEx.

Walmart has, BrightDrop says, signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 of the company’s EV600 and EV410 electric delivery vans to support the retailer’s growing last mile delivery network and goal of operating a zero-emissions logistics fleet by 2040.

FedEx has signed an agreement with BrightDrop reserving priority production for 2,000 electric delivery vans over the next few years. This agreement adds to FedEx’s initial reservation of 500 BrightDrop EVs announced last year. In addition, FedEx is, reportedly, working on a plan to add up to 20,000 over time.

IMAGE: GM BrightDrop

Also at CES, GM revealed the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV – the full-size pickup that, as with other electric vehicles, utilises GM’s Ultium EV platform. At launch, the Silverado EV will be available in two configurations, an RST First Edition, and a fleet-oriented WT (Work Truck) model – and is expected to deliver 640km range on a full charge along with 10.2kW of offboard power; have four-wheel steering; a fixed-glass roof; a large, 17-inch-diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen, and the latest vehicle technologies.

GM’s plan to lead EV market share in the U.S. will also include a Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV with an estimated MSRP starting around $30,000 ($AU42,000) in the U.S., as well as a larger Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV. Both Equinox EV and Blazer EV will be available in 2023.

The company says that it and Cruise – the self-driving car developer acquired by GM in 2016 – are pursuing autonomous mobility with the aim to deliver the first personal autonomous vehicle from GM as soon as mid-decade. GM says its Ultra Cruise system will enable door-to-door hands-free driving in 95 per cent of driving scenarios and will enter production in 2023, with the Ultium-based Cadillac Celestiq ultra-luxury sedan being among the first models to be equipped with the technology.

IMAGE: GM 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (February 2022) 

2 March 2022

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