6 Jan 22

CES 2022: GM CEO unveils deals that support EV push

General Motors (GM) is pushing the electrification of its portfolio in a big way, according to CEO Mary Barra (pictured) who highlighted various business deals to that respect on Wednesday (5 January) during her CES 2022 consumer electronics show keynote.

Besides the automaker closing deals under its electric vehicle (EV) arm Brightdrop which offers light commercial vehicles (LCV) for fleets, GM also announced two companies interested in its Silverado EV pickup coming out in 2023 (see photo here).

Regarding the former, among other deals, Walmart has signed an agreement to set aside 5,000 of the BrightDrop’s EV600 and smaller EV410 electric delivery vans to support the its growing last mile delivery network and goal to acheive a zero-emissions logistics fleet by 2040.

FedEx has also inked a deal with BrightDrop reserving priority production for 2,000 electric delivery vans over the next few years. This adds to FedEx’s initial reservation of 500 units anounced last year.

Meanwhile, vehicle rental group Enterprise and energy company Quanta have stated that the Silverado EV is an efficient and sustainable alternative, announcing at CES that they are interested in the light duty pickup for their fleets. The standard work truck model will have a range of at least 400 miles and a starting price of approximately US$40,000.

photo, courtesy of CES 2022

Authored by: Daniel Bland