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General Motors will turn to Germany’s Kuka AG to manufacture the first batch of its EV600 electric vans, to offset demand. Production is slated for October this year for 500 or fewer units.


Kuka will roll out the vehicles from its plant in Livonia, Michigan, according to media reports on Jul 13.


General Motors had planned to manufacture the initial lineup of this batch at its CAMI plant in Ontario, Canada, but remodeling work to house production is not complete yet, so the company has turned to one of its main auto parts suppliers to manufacture this phase.


The new model will be part of the BrightDrop catalog, a new business unit created by GM to offer an integrated ecosystem of software, services, and electrical products for delivery and logistics companies.


GM will resume production of the EV600, its first commercial electric van, in November when the CAMI facility ready.

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