The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) in the U.S. is to replace Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) buses with Arrival’s American-built zero-emission battery electric buses. The order will be backed by a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA). The grant is part of the FTA’s Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program Projects.
It will assist in the purchase of five 100% zero emission, battery-powered, 40’ buses, providing significant environmental benefits for Orange County residents and visitors.
Arrival’s method of design and production uses local Microfactories which utilise the company’s in-house technologies, including software, hardware and robotics.
Its first Microfactory in the U.S. is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where the buses for ATN will be produced. Arrival currently has two Microfactories in the U.S. in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina.
It intends to deploy Microfactories all over the country.
Mike Ableson, CEO Arrival Automotive, says: “We are so pleased that ATN has chosen Arrival to support its transition to an entirely electric bus fleet and have been impressed with its commitment to sustainability, including its solar powered charging depot. The Arrival Bus will change the face of public transportation when it hits the roads, making bus journeys clean, efficient, equitable and enjoyable for riders, drivers and operators. Our first order from a US transit operator is just the beginning, and we look forward to bringing the US produced Arrival Bus to cities and people all over the USA.”
“In addition to ATN’s own investments, we have been actively seeking grant funding opportunities to ensure we can meet our goal of becoming California’s first all-electric bus fleet by 2025. This investment brings us that much closer,” adds Diana Kotler, ATN Executive Director.
ATN transports more than 9.5 million patrons each year using a fleet of 81 buses and 10 microtransit vehicles, all of which are certified clean-fuel vehicles running on either natural gas or electric operating platforms.
Arrival is a global business founded in 2015 with offices in Luxembourg, London, UK and Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., Germany, Israel, the Netherlands and Russia, with more than 1,900 global employees.
The company is deploying its first four Microfactories in North Carolina, U.S., South Carolina, U.S., Bicester, UK and Madrid, Spain.