GM turns to supplier to build initial EV vans while it readies plant in Canada

DETROIT, July 12 (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N)said on Monday it is turning to a German parts supplier to make the initial, small production run of its new electric commercial van in a move to get the vehicle quickly into the hands of customer Fedex(FDX.N).

The decision to use Kuka AG (KU2G.DE) to build the EV600 vans is not typical in the industry. But it shows the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s desire to stick to a plan to roll out the vehicle in late 2021, said Travis Katz, chief executive of GM’s BrightDrop commercial van business.

“We are working alongside Kuka for initial low-volume production to keep up with market demand and remain on track to deliver our first EV600 order later this year,” Katz said in a statement to Reuters.

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