Driver sets Guinness World Record in a GM electric commercial van – Detroit Free Press

General Motors is now part of the Guinness World Records, thanks to its subsidiary that builds commercial  electric delivery vans.
 The automaker announced on Friday that BrightDrop Zevo 600 driver Stephen Marlin achieved the Guinness World Records title for greatest distance traveled by an electric van on a single charge when he drove the Zevo 600 from New York City to Washington, D.C., a trip of nearly 260 miles, on Wednesday.    
BrightDrop spokeswoman Jessica Kerr said, “BrightDrop has set the Guinness World Record as the first to achieve this feat.” 
Marlin was transporting a shipment of sustainable cleaning products from Full Circle, a brand of sustainable home care products, and a customer of FedEx.
The vehicle arrived in Washington D.C. where it delivered goods to Mom’s Organic Market, a retail chain that sells organic produce, raw foods, sustainable seafood, natural remedies and cosmetics.
Marlin’s bid for the record was backed by BrightDrop, a commercial electric-delivery van company, and FedEx, which is a BrightDrop customer. 
The Zevo 600, formerly called the BrightDrop EV600, has up to 250 miles of range. Marlin completed the near 260-mile trip on a single charge, GM said. 
“Having a long battery range with reliable power is an essential part of electrifying last-mile delivery fleets everywhere,” said BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz in a statement. “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. 
“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,” said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer of FedEx. “I’ve long said sustainability is a team sport.”
BrightDrop and FedEx documented the trip via cameras placed inside and outside the vehicle. 
“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,” said Andy Glass, adjudicator for Guinness World Records. “We welcome them into the family of Guinness World Records title holders.” 
GM started BrightDrop at this time last year. It offers the two commercial electric delivery vehicles — built at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersol, Canada — and other technological solutions for the delivery industry such as the EP1, a propulsion-assisted electric pallet to move goods over short distances, including from the delivery truck to a front door. It also offers mobile asset management for the EP1 to allow for location monitoring, battery status and other remote commands.
Besides FedEx, Walmart has signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 Zevo 600 trucks  — which resemble brown UPS trucks — and Zevo 410 midsize electric delivery vans.
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