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Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL), a global electric vehicles company, and Hitachi Europe have announced a partnership to deliver new bus and infrastructure solutions to the European bus industry.

The partnership combines Hitachi’s digital and operational capabilities with Arrival’s products that are competitive in price with fossil fuel alternatives. Together, both companies will work with operators to deploy integrated solutions that incorporate all aspects of owning and operating Arrival vehicles; this includes items such as charging infrastructure and digital tools.

Advanced integrated solutions from Hitachi will also enable data collection from the many sensors within the Arrival Bus to further optimise customer operations as part of the relationship.

The two companies share a commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and making cities more sustainable. Hitachi has recently become a Principal Partner for COP26 and is a member of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C.

Mike Nugent, Head of EV, at Hitachi Europe, says: “We’re delighted to join forces with Arrival as we become the partner of choice for municipalities and bus operators to deliver end to end and integrated estate wide rollouts of electric vehicles and infrastructure. As governments look to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles in the next decade, providing the wide range of necessary solutions and technologies in an integrated, streamlined and operationally-manageable way will be vital for bus operators and municipalities across Europe.” 

Hamish Phillips, Head of Sales, UK, at Arrival, adds: “We are pleased to work with Hitachi to bring bus operators yet another way to accelerate their transition to electric, bringing cleaner air to our cities and better experiences to passengers across Europe. Arrival’s vehicles already provide a much lower total cost of ownership for customers, and when incorporated into Hitachi’s business model we can see an even more compelling business case for companies to transition their fleets to electric more rapidly.”

Arrival’s vehicles represent the next generation of EVs having been developed from the ground up using the company’s radical new method of design and production. This vertically integrated approach using in-house developed hardware, software and robotics enables production in decentralised Microfactories. 

These Microfactories can be deployed around the world to service demand and supercharge local communities by hiring local talent, utilising local supply chains and paying local taxes.

Ram Ramachander, Chief Commercial Officer for Social Innovation Business, Hitachi Europe comments: “Hitachi is creating an ecosystem of partners and solutions across the EV value chain to help our customers navigate the transition to electric mobility. Our partnership with Arrival is another important step in delivering this strategy.”

Arrival’s vehicles represent the next generation of EVs having been developed from the ground up using the company’s radical new method of design and production. This vertically integrated approach using in-house developed hardware, software and robotics enables production in decentralised Microfactories. 

These Microfactories can be deployed around the world to service demand and supercharge local communities by hiring local talent, utilising local supply chains and paying local taxes.

The two companies share a commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and making cities more sustainable. Hitachi, a climate change innovator, has recently become a Principal Partner for COP26 and is a member of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C.

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