Uber Is Helping Arrival Create Electric Ride-Hailing Vehicles (Taxis)

EV startup Arrival will be working alongside the popular ride-hailing app Uber to bring affordable, purpose-built electric cars to life.

  • Arrival hopes to begin producing these cars for Uber by 2023.
  • Production might occur in the UK, but a decision has yet to be made.
  • ”Microfactories” will build these vehicles, like with Arrival’s buses and vans.

UK startup Arrival is looking to enter the electric car market — aided by American technology company Uber. The latter will act as an advisor of sorts, with no exclusive deals in place (for now).

The goal is to craft an affordable vehicle that caters to drivers in terms of comfort, safety and convenience. In other words, they’re making long shifts sat behind the wheel a lot less taxing. Moreover, Uber drivers will be invited to join the design process to ensure their needs are met.

“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,” says Tom Elvide, Arrival’s SVP of Mobility.

Minor improvements like an ergonomically designed seat could be implemented. The rear features a bench-style seat in addition to lighted cubbies and handrails found on the inside of each door. This should appeal to passengers.

Concept images shared by Arrival look promising. In fact, this electric car has more in common, visually, with vehicles made by Tesla and other high-end carmakers.

For example, the large horizontal screen on the dashboard resembles those found in the Model 3 and Model Y. Could this screen connect to passenger apps? We’d like to think so, given the versatility of the tech in its current form.

© Credit to Arrival

We can expect the final Arrival Car design before “the end of 2021,” meaning what you see now is subject to change.

Arrival are working on multiple different projects within the EV space

Arrival hopes to begin producing these vehicles by 2023, which aligns perfectly with their current electric vehicle roadmap. They’re a very busy company, it seems. Still, they’re a name that keeps appearing whenever the future of transport and delivery is mentioned.

An electric bus made by Arrival will soon hit the road in the UK later this year. They’re also working on an electric van in partnership with UPS. The outlined Arrival Car is a first for them; all they need now is an electric motorbike to shout bingo.

In other Arrival news, they recently became a publicly-traded company, merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The company, which was valued at $11.3 billion last week, has many backers, including Hyundai and Kia.

Where will these electric vehicles be produced?

Manufacturing the Arrival Car’s could be a lot cheaper than you think. Like their buses and vans, the Arrival car will be made in “microfactories” close to areas of demand. Producing cars this way is cheaper than traditional product lines. How this impacts the price of the final version remains to be seen.

“Arrival’s revolutionary Microfactories will enable decentralised production in cities around the world, producing vehicles close to areas of demand, using local talent and paying local taxes.”
— Arrival

Uber’s involvement is an interesting one; after all, they’re the go-to service in the on-demand transport scene. Uber Green launched in London recently, allowing drivers to select electric vehicles at no additional cost while drivers pay a lower service fee.

If Uber chooses to adopt/promote the vehicles crafted by Arrival, what changes could we see?

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