General Motors announced the accelerated timeline for plant conversion and production of the BrightDrop electric EV600 light commercial vehicle at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, ON. This pull-ahead will enable accelerating the launch schedule and doubling the number of units built during the first year of production to keep pace with anticipated demand.
“We are ramping up our support for BrightDrop production at CAMI to serve the growing market for electric delivery solutions,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director. “CAMI will play a key role in GM’s vision for a zero emissions future.”
Working with supplier partners in the United States, BrightDrop remains on track to start initial production of EV600s later this year. In April 2022, Chevrolet Equinox production will end at CAMI and the BrightDrop equipment will be moved to Ingersoll, reducing the time required for plant changeover. We expect to satisfy the strong customer demand for Equinox with other plants in our manufacturing footprint as CAMI retools for BrightDrop production.
EV600 production will shift to the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll in November 2022 following a four-month plant retooling. CAMI-based BrightDrop production is anticipated to ramp up to two shifts in 2023 and, market permitting, three shifts of production as soon as 2024.
BrightDrop is a new business from GM that is reimagining commercial delivery and logistics for an all-electric future. BrightDrop offers commercial customers an ecosystem of connected and electrified products and services that allow delivery and logistics companies to move goods and services more efficiently, driving down costs while reducing harmful emissions in our cities and congestion on our streets. Its initial products include the EP1 electric e-pallet, a software platform for fleet and asset management, and the EV600 light commercial vehicle that expands the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles.