FedEx van’s 260-mile trip hits Guinness World Records
A General Motors subsidiary that builds commercial electric delivery vans had a shock this week when it won a new entry in the Guinness World Records.
The automaker announced on Earth Day that Stephen Marlin, driver of BrightDrop Zevo 600, had achieved the record for the most distance traveled by an electric van on a single charge. On Wednesday, he drove a Zevo 600 that is part of FedEx’s fleet from New York to Washington, DC, a trip of nearly 260 miles.
Marlin was carrying a shipment of cleaning products from Full Circle, a FedEx brand of sustainable household cleaning products.
A victory for the electric and organic trade
The vehicle delivered its goods to Mom’s Organic Market, a chain of stores that sells organic produce, raw foods, sustainable seafood, natural remedies and cosmetics.
Marlin’s bid for the record was backed by BrightDrop, a commercial electric delivery van company, and FedEx, which is a BrightDrop customer.
The Zevo 600, formerly called BrightDrop EV600, is designed for a range of up to 250 miles. Marlin pulled 258.85 miles from the single charge, GM said.
“Having long battery life with reliable power is a critical part of electrifying last-mile delivery fleets everywhere,” BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz said in a statement. “This special delivery highlights the advanced capabilities of our products and our mission to decarbonize deliveries.”
BrightDrop delivered its first electric light-duty vehicles to FedEx in December after completing its first production versions of the Zevo 600 in just 20 months, making it the fastest-to-market vehicle in GM history.
FedEx aims for an all-electric fleet
FedEx hopes to be carbon neutral by 2040. “Electrifying our entire package pickup and delivery fleet is a critical part of that goal,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx chief sustainability officer.
BrightDrop and FedEx documented the trip via cameras placed inside and outside the vehicle.
“This achievement is a perfect example of the extraordinary efforts being made to make a difference for the environment and an appropriate way to commemorate Earth Day 2022,” said Guinness World Records judge Andy Glass.
GM launched BrightDrop this time last year. It offers both electric delivery vehicles for commercial built at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, and other technology solutions for the delivery industry such as EP1, an electric powered pallet to move goods over short distances, including from the delivery truck. at a front door.
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Besides FedEx, Walmart has signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 Zevo 600 trucks – which look like brown UPS trucks – and Zevo 410 mid-size electric delivery vans.
Other electric vehicles have traveled further on a single charge. Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz announced that its Vision EQXX concept car had traveled 621 miles on a single charge, according to Forbes.