BrightDrop, FedEx Tout Record-Setting EV Campaign
April 25, 2022
With the support of BrightDrop and FedEx, BrightDrop Zevo 600 driver
Stephen Marlin achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for greatest
distance traveled by an electric van on a single charge, with a journey
from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Driving the Zevo 600, formerly known as the BrightDrop EV600, Stephen
Marlin completed the near 260-mile trip on a single charge, just in time
for Earth Day 2022. The Zevo 600 stopped at a couple iconic destinations
along the route, including landmarks in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
“Since the beginning, the Zevo 600 has been a record-setting vehicle.
Now we’re seeing firsthand what BrightDrop can do by pairing our
zero-operating-emissions technology with FedEx, a leader in the
transportation and delivery industry,” said Travis Katz, BrightDrop
president and CEO. “Having a long battery range with reliable power is
critical to electrifying delivery fleets everywhere. This special
delivery highlights our products’ advanced capabilities and our mission
to decarbonize deliveries.”
BrightDrop delivered its first electric light commercial vehicles to
FedEx in December after completing its first production builds of the
Zevo 600 in just 20 months, making it the fastest vehicle to market in
GM’s history. Combining the focus and agility of a startup with the
manufacturing might and expertise of GM enabled BrightDrop’s speed to
market, while putting it in position to help some of the world’s largest
companies tackle some of the biggest climate- and emissions-related
challenges our world faces today.
“FedEx is proud to be a part of this record-setting moment as we work
toward our goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040.
Electrifying our entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet is a crucial
component of that goal and we’re thrilled BrightDrop is bringing real
solutions to the market that can help us get there,” said Mitch Jackson,
chief sustainability officer, FedEx. “I’ve long said sustainability is a
team sport. Today’s milestone is a perfect example of how businesses can
lead the charge in ushering in a more sustainable future for customers,
our communities and our planet through collaboration.”
As part of the journey, the Zevo 600 transported a shipment of Full
Circle sustainable cleaning products from its headquarters in New York
City to a MOM’s Organic Market location in Washington, D.C., a
Mid-Atlantic chain of family-owned and operated organic grocery stores.
Full Circle is a brand of sustainable home care products, and a small
business customer of FedEx.
“We started Full Circle Brands to reinvent cleaning and make home care
products that are better for the world,” said Tal Chitayat, co-founder
and CEO, Full Circle Brands. “We are thrilled to further that mission
with our friends at FedEx as part of this world-changing milestone in
sustainable deliveries with BrightDrop.”
BrightDrop, FedEx, Full Circle and MOM’s Organic Market are like-minded
organizations when it comes to sustainability. Similar to GM, FedEx
targets carbon neutral operations by 2040. Full Circle’s mission centers
around providing sustainably designed consumer solutions aimed at
minimizing their impact on the planet, and MOM’s purpose is to protect
and restore the environment. The company’s locations have been powered
by renewable energy since 2005 and offer complimentary electric vehicle
to Stephen Marlin, BrightDrop and FedEx on achieving the GUINNESS WORLD
RECORDS ® title for the greatest distance traveled by an electric van on
a single charge,” said Andy Glass, adjudicator, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
®. “This accomplishment is a perfect example of the extraordinary
efforts taken to make a difference for the environment and a fitting way
to commemorate Earth Day 2022. We welcome them into the family of
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® title holders.”
Designed with productivity and convenience in mind, the Zevo 600
combines the best attributes of a traditional and a step-in van into one
vehicle. The Zevo 600 also features industry-leading safety features*
including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist and
Forward Collision Alert. Built on the Ultium Platform, the Zevo 600
offers more than 600 cubic feet of cargo area and an available 2,200
pounds of estimated payload capacity, which results in superior range
without compromising space. BrightDrop has secured more than 25,000 EV
production reservations, including 2,500 from FedEx, in just 12 months.
The Zevo 600 is currently in production.