Arrival reveals EV just for ride-hailing drivers
- Arrival worked with Uber drivers for several months to design a car for taxi drivers.
- The EV start-up is focusing on last-mile delivery vans, with plans to build them at its micro-factories in Europe and the United States.
- The finish car, based on the start-up’s skateboard platform, was designed to prioritize driver comfort, cost and uptime, and features a large rear cabin.
Start-up EV Arrival has unveiled the design of a planned new model for ridesharing services. The UK-based company has been working with Uber Drivers for the past six months on the layout and design of the concept, one of which aims to prioritize passenger comfort and space, while also focusing on the comfort, safety and availability of drivers, as these vehicles are expected to travel approximately 30,000 miles per year.
Dubbed simply the finish car, the concept was designed for urban environments, featuring a tall body, short wheelbase and nose, wheels at all four corners of its footprint, and a generously sized rear cabin with room for the suitcases. It also features a long windshield that transforms into a transparent roof, intended to illuminate the interior with natural light. It has things in common with the prototypical London cabin, including a large size, long rear doors and plenty of legroom for rear passengers, as well as things in common with innovative small minivans like the Audi A2 or the Ford. Transit. Connect.
Overall, the design also shares a number of similarities with the arrival van, which was developed for UPS and other companies.
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“This is a key milestone for Arrival and we are delighted to release the first glimpse of the arrival car today. Over the past six months, we’ve worked closely with Uber’s drivers to create a vehicle specifically for the transit industry, and make it affordable, durable and fun to watch, ”said Tom Elvidge, EVP Vehicle Platforms at Arrival.
Arrival hasn’t mentioned the concept car’s powertrain specs yet, but did mention that it intends to start testing very soon, ahead of an expected market debut in 2023. However, the start -up made it clear from the start that its owner’s skateboard rig would underpin its EVs and simply feature different bodies.
Additionally, while the startup itself is experimenting with autonomous technology, no mention of any level of possible autonomous functionality has been made with respect to the car. It looks like it really is is Designed for human drivers on the go, even as other developers brace for a looming Level 4 transit future.
Like its other offerings, the car is expected to be built at Arriving’s micro-factories, at least two of which will be located in the United States. The startup recently revealed that it is building a high voltage battery module (HVBM) assembly plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will be the company’s third facility in the city, which also serves as a North American headquarters. Another micro-factory will be in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The start-up plans to assemble its own battery modules instead of relying on suppliers.
However, Arrival did not specify where it intends to offer the car first, how much it will cost, and whether Uber will offer some kind of leasing or hire program for its drivers. At least not yet.
“The electrification of the VTC will play a crucial role in reducing vehicle emissions in cities around the world, providing a sustainable, clean and multimodal transport system for communities,” Elvidge added. “We want to help drivers in this transition by developing the best possible product for carpooling that improves the experience for them and their passengers, thereby making the urban air cleaner. “
One of the biggest questions right now is whether the arrival car will be a compelling choice for private buyers who are not taxi drivers, if its range and price converges to a certain sweet spot. . The concept has a lot of advantages as a roomy crossover, the kind the Tesla Model Y never really was, as it opted for a slightly larger version of the Model 3. The concept’s box-shaped design ‘Arrival appears to be the antithesis of all the coupe-shaped electric crossovers about to flood the market, and it manages to sound quite inviting and futuristic on its own.
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