Electric vehicle startup reveals plans for electric bus


London-based tech firm and electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Arrival has revealed it is working on an electric bus.

It claims the zero-emission vehicle will “transform the public transport industry at a time when it is facing its biggest challenges”.

In footage released by the company, a prototype vehicle can be seen being put through its paces at the Millbrook test track in Bedfordshire.

“The recent pandemic has highlighted just how essential public transport is to communities around the world and Arrival’s Bus is the tool cities need as they adapt to a new normal whilst striving to make bus travel appealing, sustainable and financially viable,” says the company.

Arrival adds the bus has been designed with” an exceptional passenger experience front of mind” and equipped with features that “promote a positive perception of public transportation” and “create an environment evoking a sense of space, cleanliness and wellbeing in a world with a heightened awareness of hygiene and personal space”.

The Arrival Bus will be produced in local ‘microfactories’ which are designed to be capable of assembling all vehicles from Arrival’s portfolio. The company says these ‘microfactories’ use “unique assembly technology that aims to support the creation of market-specific products and will regenerate regional economies through the use of local supply chains, retention of talent and payment of local taxes”.

“Arrival’s core focus is to make your every-day experience radically better, whether that is your daily journey on an Arrival Bus, or through your work as a driver delivering parcels from an Arrival Van,” said Kwame Nyanning, Arrival’s chief of experience.

“We are working with cities to make every touchpoint within the urban transportation ecosystem not only better, but also more equitable and sustainable. Recent events have made it clear the world needs to take action now in order to improve lives and effect real change.”

The Arrival bus project has been taken forward by Ben Jardine, chief of product.

“We are very excited to bring the Arrival Bus to markets around the world and make the passenger experience of bus travel a positive one,” he said.

“By working in partnership with businesses to develop the entire ecosystem around our vehicles, we are supporting their goals of making public transport appealing whilst achieving carbon neutrality.”

The company was founded in 2015 by Denis Sverdlov, former general director of Yota Group, a Russian mobile supplier and mobile service provider. Although headquartered in London, it has an R&D facility in Oxfordshire.

Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors announced they had invested €100m in the company. The news came as logistic giant UPS announced it had placed an order for 10,000 zero emission delivery vans.

The company aims to price its vehicles at the same, or less than, current fossil fuel vehicles.

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