US fleet management company Merchants Fleet has entered into a strategic partnership with the electric utility vehicle manufacturer Xos. The collaboration will begin in 2022 with the delivery of an initial 10 electric vehicles.
This order looks small in comparison sinceMerchants Fleet had made headlines in February with an order for 12,600 EV600 electric delivery trucks from General Motors’ BrightDrop brand. In November, the company followed up with an order for 5,400 of the smaller BrightDrop EV410 offshoot.
In total, the US fleet management company now says it plans to procure more than 40,000 electric vehicles. The list of vehicle manufacturers contracted to manufacture vehicles for the fleet management giant will now inlclude Xos. In view of the orders of magnitude mentioned, Xos is not likely to stop at the delivery of ten units, but there are no announcements at this point about potential follow-up orders.
Xos is a Californian manufacturer of electric utility vehicles and according to the Xos homepage, the company’s ‘X-Platform 1′ enables modularly adapted vehicles – for example, in terms of wheelbase and battery. Two battery packs of 30 kWh each are integrated into the ladder frame between the axles, which should provide a range of 100 miles or about 160 kilometers.
If needed, two more battery packs can be mounted on the outside of the ladder frame, doubling capacity to 120 kWh and a range of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers).
Merchants Fleet simply says that the delivery van is suitable for a variety of medium-duty bodies, making it an ideal solution for Merchants’ extensive portfolio of last-mile delivery customers across North America.