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The UK’s Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL) has revealed the first finished prototype of the Arrival Car, that has been designed specifically for the ride hailing industry. Arrival has been able to develop the Car alongside ride-hailing drivers from Uber in just over six months.
This timeframe and partnership to create a new Car is made possible because of Arrival’s vertical integration utilising technologies that are shared across Arrival’s portfolio of vehicles, that includes the Van and the Bus.
Arrival has created a vehicle that leg room twice as large as that of an average car of the same length. It prioritises cost, uptime, driver comfort, safety, and convenience, given an average ride-hail vehicle will on average drive 45-50,000km a year, versus 12,000km, for a typical vehicle.
Arrival will now commence testing of the Car and will incorporate the feedback into the
next design phase, continuing to evolve the product to create the most efficient, safe
and desirable vehicle tailored specifically to this market.
Arrival vehicles are designed using a new method of design and production using microfactories.
Tom Elvidge, EVP Vehicle Platforms at Arrival, says: “This is a key milestone for Arrival and we’re thrilled today to be releasing the first look at the Arrival Car. Over the past six months, we have been working closely with Uber’s drivers to create a vehicle specifically for the ride hailing industry, and making it affordable, durable and great to look at.
He adds: “Electrifying ride-hailing will play a crucial role in reducing the emissions of vehicles in cities globally, providing a sustainable, clean multi-modal transportation system for communities. We are keen on supporting drivers with this transition by developing the best possible product for ride hailing that elevates the experience for both them and their passengers, making urban air clean in the process.”
Jamie Heywood, Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe at Uber,
comments: “The first reveal of the Arrival Car is an exciting moment for Uber drivers, who are switching to electric vehicles at a much faster rate than the mass market. Uber drivers
have been working with Arrival to provide feedback on the design of the first purpose
built, fully electric car for the ride-hailing industry. This exciting new vehicle will support
our commitment for all cars on the app in London to be fully electric by 2025, helping
to drive a green recovery and clean up urban transport.”
Arrival was founded in 2015 with a mission to make air clean by replacing all vehicles with
affordable electric solutions – produced by local Microfactories.