BrightDrop, a technology startup and General Motors business unit, have announced the completion of the EV410, a mid-size eLCV delivery van designed for use as a service vehicle. Following the recent introduction of BrightDrop’s EV600, the EV400 is smaller and easier to maneuver, making it ideal for high-frequency tasks like grocery delivery or telecommunications maintenance. As such, the zero-emission EV400 is set to enter service with Verizon this year as it’s the ideal size for their field maintenance and service fleet.
The EV410 boasts a smart design similar to the EV600. For example, its wheelbase measures just over 150 inches with the overall length coming in at just under 20 feet. And, as its name indicates, the vehicle offers around 410 cubic feet of storage space, despite its gross vehicle weight rating being less than 10,000 pounds. As a result, the EV410 is easy to maneuver (more so than the EV600), offers great curb management, and fits into regular parking spaces, which vitally helps keep traffic congestion to a minimum.
The EV410’s innovative safety features include automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, lane-departure warnings, forward collision alert, and a high-definition backup camera. The EV will also offer optional extra amenities, such as, a HD 360-degree security camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking. Electric vehicles like the EV600 and EV410 are ultimately intended to improve safety and reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities. In 2019, 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, the National Safety Council reveals. Commercial vehicle accidents typically involve multiple different parties, a plethora of evidence, and various different rules and regulations, making it crucial for injured parties to consult experienced attorneys for advice. In Texas, for example, a Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer can help people involved in semi-truck crashes successfully recover compensation for the resulting damages.
Improving comfort and efficiency
Like the EV600, the EV410 is designed to improve comfort and efficiency for drivers. It has an impressive 250 mile range between charges — more than enough to make standard delivery routes in any weather condition. The van also has a low step-in height to minimize stress on the joints, front sliding pocket doors, and wide aisles to better facilitate moving heavy cargo in and out of the vehicle.
No price points have yet been announced for the EV410 or EV600. However, the former enters production this year, while the latter is expected to hit the market in 2023.