Arrival will build electric taxis for Uber. They will serve passengers at their beck and call according to the ‘ride-hailing’ principle.
Arrival we know mainly from its electric commercial vehicles. For example, the British start-up announced at the beginning of March that it will be able to supply as many as 10,000 electric vans to UPS. The electric ride-hailing taxi will be built from 2023. The British don’t do that exclusively for Uber. In principle, other taxi companies will also be able to purchase EVs from the British.
The collaboration with Uber is a great boost for Arrival, which gains even more international trust. More than a month ago, the British start-up went public. Hyundai and Kia, among others, have already shown interest in a collaboration.
Arrival has already published a number of concept images of what the electric taxis might look like on the inside. They are reminiscent of Tesla’s minimalist design. The final design will be announced by the end of the year. In the meantime, Arrival wants to involve drivers in the design in order to achieve a better result.
To make the taxi rides comfortable, Arrival has already worked out a design that should make the driver’s seat extra ergonomic. It should help prevent fatigue and a sore bottom on longer rides. The front passenger seat folds inward to provide more legroom for the rear passenger. The rear seats resemble a classic rear seat, which should make it easier to get in and out.
Build affordable EVs
Arrival also pays extra attention to the affordability of its electric taxis. That should become a selling point for transport companies that want to electrify their fleet. The British manufacturer will reduce production costs by building its vehicles in so-called ‘micro factories’. These are smaller, fully automated factories with a small ecological footprint.
Although that sounds good on paper, Arrival still has to put his plans into practice. Despite the order with UPS, the first vehicle has yet to be delivered. The British start-up has the ambitious plan to have a fleet of only EVs on the road by 2030. In order to achieve that goal, Arrival must convince as many transport companies as possible. The collaboration with Uber seems like a solid step in that direction.