May 17, 2022


Skillful Business Crafters

GM’s BrightDrop start-up gets significant order from Merchants Fleet

General Motors’ startup BrightDrop just got a big order.

BrightDrop, which makes electric delivery vans and other technological solutions for the delivery industry, said fleet management company Merchants Fleet is expanding its order to include the EV410, a new midsize electric light commercial truck.

Merchants Fleet decided to buy 5,400 EV410s, bringing its total purchase to 18,000 BrightDrop electric vehicles. The company has already ordered 12,600 EV600 vans, the company’s first vehicle, which most resembles a UPS truck. The EV600 vans will be integrated into Merchants Fleet’s fleet starting in 2023.

“Merchants Fleet’s plan to purchase such a large order of our electric commercial vehicles shows they are serious about leading the fleet industry’s transformation to an all-electric future,” said BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz. “The collaboration with Merchants Fleet opens the door for other companies that want to electrify their fleets by providing access to our portfolio of electric vehicles.”

The EV410 will have an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge and is well-suited for smaller payload deliveries or as a last-mile and traditional service vehicle compared with the EV600.