UK-based EV startup Arrival is working with Uber to design and build an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for the ride-hailing industry. The startup said the Arrival Car is expected to enter production in Q3 2023.
Arrival will collaborate with Uber drivers in the design process over the coming months to ensure the Arrival Car reflects the needs of professional drivers and their passengers, with the final vehicle design expected to be revealed before the end of 2021.
The Arrival Car will address the global need to shift ride-hailing and car-sharing services, with over 30 million estimated drivers across the ride-hailing sector, to electric to reduce emissions and improve air quality in cities.
Uber has committed to becoming a fully electric mobility platform in London by 2025 and by 2030 across North America and Europe.
The Arrival Car will join Arrival’s previously announced commercial products, the Bus and Van, to provide cities with a multi-modal zero-emission transportation ecosystem that they require in order to meet their sustainability goals over the coming years.
Ride-hailing plays a key role in creating accessible and efficient multi-modal transportation systems reducing both total numbers of vehicles in cities, as well as emissions, which is expected to have an oversized impact on real-world pollution globally.
“We are confident that electrifying ride-hailing vehicles will have an outsized impact on cities, and we are keen to support drivers as they manage this transition. Arrival Car will be designed around drivers’ needs to create a vehicle that is affordable, durable and desirable,” Tom Elvidge, SVP Arrival Mobility UK said.
“We have a great partnership with UPS to create a best-in-class electric delivery vehicle, and we hope to replicate that success with Uber as we develop the best possible product for ride-hailing that elevates the experience of the passenger and improves drivers’ health, safety and finances.”
Arrival was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom, with over 1,800 global employees located in offices across the United States, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia, and Luxembourg.