GM BrightDrop Zevo. Starting and best practices


  1. The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter (key fob) must be in the cabin to start the vehicle.
  2. With the vehicle in Park or Neutral, press the brake pedal and then press the POWER button.
  3. When the vehicle is ready to be driven, an active battery gauge will display on the instrument cluster and the Ready icon will appear.


· If the key fob battery is weak, place the key fob in the upper instrument-panel storage compartment, behind the infotainment display, to enable the vehicle to start. Replace the key fob battery as soon as possible.

· It’s recommended to remote start the vehicle when it is plugged in to allow energy from the wall outlet to assist in conditioning the cabin to a comfortable temperature and to leave more battery energy for driving.


  1. Shift to Park and then press the POWER button.

With vehicle power off and the brake pedal not depressed, press the POWER button to place the vehicle in Accessory Mode. This power mode allows use of some electrical accessories. After 30 seconds, vehicle power will turn off to prevent 12V battery rundown.

Refer to the BrightDrop Zevo Quick Guide by clicking here

Refer to the whole BrightDrop Zevo Owner's Manual by clicking here

Refer to BrightDrop Zevo 600 Vehicle Operator Training Guide by clicking here


  • Accelerate smoothly to help increase range. Rapid acceleration can drain battery energy more quickly.
  • Use regenerative braking, which can help charge the battery, instead of making rapid stops. It gives it better range in City Style stop and go driving because they utilize the momentum of the van slowing down and the friction that creates during the braking process to actually recharge the batteries so the more you break the longer you can drive.
  • One-Pedal Driving Mode. With One-Pedal Driving, the vehicle can be slowed or stopped under certain conditions using only the accelerator pedal, which can help maximize driving range while reducing the need to switch between the accelerator and brake pedals in heavy traffic. When the accelerator pedal is not applied, regenerative braking will be active to help slow the vehicle. One- Pedal Driving does not operate in Reverse. Use the brake pedal for additional braking or emergency braking (Feature may be limited when the battery temperatures are extremely cold or hot, or when the battery is near full charge).
  • Drive at posted speed limits. Higher speeds use more energy and significantly reduce range.
  • Climate Settings. Keep exterior doors closed to maintain cabin temperature. Use open windows or fan-only settings to cool the cabin.
  • Avoid continuous use of the climate control system (heated seat feature is optional, but use it instead of the cabin heating system when possible. The energy needed to warm or cool the cabin can cause range to decline significantly).


The Power Indicator Gauge (A) displays instantaneous charge and consumption power to help track energy use and extend battery range.

  • A green Power Indicator Gauge indicates energy regeneration through braking.

  • Avoid driving that turns the Power Indicator Gauge amber, indicating excessive power use.

  • Energy: To view current Energy Efficiency and Energy Usage data, go to Vehicle Status>Energy Info on the infotainment screen.


Delivery Mode is intended to speed the delivery process by automating repetitive tasks for the driver.

  1. Press the Delivery Mode button to have the cabin lights turn on automatically and for the bulkhead door to unlock for 15 seconds when the vehicle is shifted into Park.
  2. With the Auto-Open Bulkhead Door (optional equipment) the bulkhead door will auto open when the vehicle is shifted into Park.
  3. With the Power Door Package (optional equipment) the power bulkhead door and power curbside door automatically open after the vehicle is shifted into Park and automatically close after a set period of time. The power curbside door reopens upon the driver (with key fob) approaching the vehicle and closes when the vehicle is shifted out of Park.
  4. Once the vehicle is shifted out of Park, the cabin lights turn off and the horn sounds to alert those nearby that the vehicle is about to depart.
    Note: If the vehicle is not shifted out of Park after a set period of time, the cabin lights will automatically turn off to preserve battery life.

To enable a charging session, consult the article

"GM BrightDrop Zevo. Charging procedures" by clicking here.