Driverless Electric Delivery: Arcrimoto and Faction Reveal New Vehicle

Step aside Tesla, there’s a new autonomous electric vehicle in town, only this one has no driver and could be your direct line to home shopping moving forwards. Impressive, right?

Faction D1 electric delivery vehicle
Finally, something autonomous to satisfy the appetite © Credit to Arcimoto

Food deliveries just got a lot more electric. Arcimoto and Faction has just revealed its new Faction D1 electric delivery vehicle, an evolution of the three-wheeled Arcimoto FUV, just without the driver.

That’s right, this electric delivery vehicle is ‘driverless’ according to the two brands, which is true to some extent. Sure, it has no driver within the vehicle, but it does have an external teleoperator controlling it.

“We’ve been thrilled to work with the Faction team to support driverless development on the Arcimoto platform. With a common mission of deploying ultra-efficient electric vehicles at scale, the commercial launch of the driverless D1 will be a game-changer for last-mile logistics.”
— Mark Frohnmayer, Founder and CEO of Arcimoto

Think of it like an expensive RC car, only it delivers groceries, and pretty much anything other than people (within reason).

Both manufacturers handled different aspects of the vehicle, with Arcimoto handling how it’s powered and Faction taking care of the tech needed to transform it into a complete driverless pod. A pod that is filly customisable too, by the way!

Faction’s CEO Ain McKendrick explains the reasoning behind the D1 and how Arcimoto’s tech helped bring it to life:

“Scalable driverless vehicle systems require engineering from the chassis up, and by leveraging the revolutionary Arcimoto Platform, we’re able to develop our driverless system much faster than using legacy vehicle designs. The end result will be a rightsized, ultra-efficient driverless delivery vehicle that reduces pollution and drives down costs for local and last-mile delivery fleets.”

The Faction D1 is pretty similar to Arcimoto’s prized ‘Fun Utility Vehicle’ — or FUV as they call it. It features the same drivetrain, a drivetrain that allows it to travel up to 75mph for up to 100 miles.

In terms of when you might see it making deliveries, Arcimoto expects to begin trials later this year.

Would you want to receive your online shopping from the Faction D1? Or will you continue driving to the shops yourself? Leave us a comment down below.

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