GM BrightDrop Opens Canadian Factory

GM BrightDrop Opens Canadian Factory

It’s going to get easier to put electrified fleet vehicles on the road now in North America.

BrightDrop — the technology startup created by General Motors as part of its initiative to decarbonize last-mile delivery — just opened the first full-scale EV manufacturing plant in Canada. 

GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario has been retooled to build the BrightDrop Zevo 600, which broke records earlier this year by driving 260 miles without stopping while on a FedEx delivery run. The plant’s whole transformation to be able to build strictly EVs took only seven months.

“This milestone represents GM at our best – fast, flexible and first in the industry. The BrightDrop Zevo is a prime example of GM’s flexible Ultium EV architecture, which is allowing us to quickly launch a full range of electric vehicles for our customers. And, as of today, I am proud to call the CAMI EV Assembly team the first full-scale all-electric manufacturing team in Canada.”

“This is a very exciting moment — a revolution in the way we transport people and goods. Today marks a huge day for BrightDrop, as we expand our footprint and begin producing the Zevo electric vans at scale, and a huge milestone for Canada on the road to a brighter future,” said BrightDrop president and CEO Travis Katz. “Opening the CAMI plant is a major step in providing EVs at scale and delivering real results to the world’s biggest brands, like DHL Express, who will be our first Canadian customer.”

GM president Mark Reuss

BrightDrop is already partnered with FedEx, but another partner is Walmart, which ordered 5,000 delivery vans early in 2022.


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