The multinational automotive company from the United States (US), General Motors (GM) announced that it will start producing the BrightDrop electric van at its Ingersoll, Canada plant later this year.
Construction of the electric van is scheduled to begin at the end of December. The Ingersoll plant in the province of Ontario is GM’s first electric vehicle plant in Canada. At the beginning of last year, the manufacturer announced its intention to turn the plant into a large production facility for electric delivery vehicles.
On the same occasion, BrightDrop has announced the renaming of their electric vans EV600 to Zevo 600 and EV410 to Zevo 400.
The Brightdrop Zevo 600 is an electric commercial van specifically designed for urban shipping and is said to be capable of a range of up to 250 miles and has a cargo space of 600 cubic meters.
Meanwhile, the Brightdrop Zevo 400 was developed for electrification of shipping with shorter distances and a more minimal cargo space of 400 cubic meters.
GM Canada president and CEO, Marissa West, said that GM has created more than 2,600 new jobs since the factory reopened. In this context, the manufacturer also announced its intention to join the Canada Diversity Challenge and, given the climate targets, the Canada Net Zero Challenge.
“Working with our government partners, we have reopened the GM Oshawa plant, created thousands of new jobs and recruited a large number of women in production roles. Partnering with the governments of Ontario and Canada assists GM in a more diverse, innovative and sustainable EV industry and supply chain for the future.”