UPS has announced an order of 10,000 purpose built electric vehicles worth hundreds of millions of euros from UK based company Arrival.
The initial 10,000 vehicles will be rolled out in the UK, Europe and North America from 2020 to 2024. UPS venture capital arm has also announced an investment in Arrival of an undisclosed amount.
The two companies first announced a partnership to develop electric vehicles back in 2016.
Denis Sverdlov, Founder and CEO of Arrival says: “UPS has been a strong strategic partner of Arrival, providing valuable insight to how electric delivery vans are used on the road and how they can be optimised for drivers. Together our teams have been creating bespoke electric vehicles, based on our flexible skateboard platforms, that meet the end-to-end needs of UPS from driving, loading/unloading, depot and back office operations.”
Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS, adds: “As mega-trends like population growth, urban migration, and e-commerce continue to accelerate, we recognize the need to work with partners around the world to solve both road congestion and pollution challenges for our customers and the communities we serve. Electric vehicles form a cornerstone to our sustainable urban delivery strategies.”
Founded in 2015, Arrival has over 800 people globally and is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia and the U.S.
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