General Motors is now part of the Guinness World Records, thanks to its subsidiary which builds commercial electric delivery vans.
The automaker announced on Friday that BrightDrop Zevo 600 driver Stephen Marlin won the Guinness World Records title for the farthest distance traveled by an electric pickup truck on a single charge when he drove the Zevo 600 from New York to Washington. , DC, a trip of nearly 260 miles, Wednesday.
BrightDrop spokeswoman Jessica Kerr said, “BrightDrop set the Guinness World Record as the first to achieve this feat.”
Marlin was carrying a shipment of sustainable cleaning products from Full Circle, a sustainable household cleaning products brand and a FedEx customer.
The vehicle arrived in Washington DC where it delivered 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, has up to 250 miles of range. Marlin completed the nearly 260-mile trip on a 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 is proud to be part of this record-breaking moment as we work toward our goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040. Electrifying our entire collection and package delivery fleet is a critical part of that goal,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx chief sustainability officer. “I’ve said for a long time that sustainability is a team sport.”
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. “We welcome them to the family of Guinness World Record Holders.
GM launched BrightDrop around this time last year. It offers both commercial electric delivery vehicles – built at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersol, Canada – and other technology solutions for the delivery industry such as the EP1, an electric pallet propulsion to move goods over short distances, including from the delivery truck to a front door. It also offers mobile asset management for the EP1 to enable location monitoring, battery status and other remote controls.
Besides FedEx, Walmart has signed a deal to reserve 5,000 Zevo 600 trucks — which look like brown UPS trucks — and Zevo 410 mid-size electric delivery vans.
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