GM announces eVTOL, delivery vehicle concepts
A pre-production model of GM’s all-electric EP600 delivery vehicle. FedEx is expected to be the first customer. Deliveries will begin this year. Photo credit: General Motors
During a virtual keynote presentation for CES 2021 on January 12th, Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors (Detroit, Michigan, USA) presented the automaker’s vision for fully electrifying its vehicles in the next few years. In addition to updates on GM’s Ultium lithium-ion batteries and upcoming electric vehicles (EVs) including the Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq, and Cadillac Celistiq, GM announced two new programs that offer potential for composite use : an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept aircraft and a new electric delivery vehicle and warehouse move business unit.
GM’s eVTOL concept, as shown in a CES presentation on Jan. 12.
GM’s first eVTOL concept is a single-seat private aircraft designed as a luxury Cadillac vehicle. It is powered by four rotors and a 90-kilowatt-hour EV motor and is said to go up to 90 mph.
BrightDrop, GM’s electric vehicle business, which the company also announced in a January 12th press release, develops products, software and service solutions for delivery and logistics companies. GM estimates that the combined market opportunity for package, grocery delivery and reverse logistics in the US will exceed $ 850 billion by 2025. To meet this demand while reducing carbon emissions, GM / BrightDrop plans to release two products.
The EP1. Photo credit: General Motors
The first, called EP1, is a propulsion-assisted electric pallet that can be used to move goods over short distances, e.g. B. within a warehouse or from a delivery vehicle to a customer’s door. GM says this product will hit the market in early 2021. The second BrightDrop product, the EP600, will be an all-electric delivery vehicle using GM’s Ultium battery platform and software systems. The first EP600s are expected to be shipped to GM’s first customer FedEx later this year.
GM’s full presentation at CES 2021 can be found at www.gmexhibitzero.com/live-talks.html.
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