British electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival has revealed the prototype of its first EV, designed for the ride-hailing industry.
The firm has partnered with Uber to develop the ‘Arrival Car’, with the process of developing the prototype taking only six months.
The firm worked with Ubers drivers to develop the car, which will now enter a testing phase before continuing work on the design.
According to Arrival, the new EV “prioritises cost, uptime, driver comfort, safety, and convenience” whilst also ensuring a “premium experience” for its passengers.
Tom Elvidge, EVP of vehicle platforms at Arrival, said: “This is a key milestone for Arrival and we’re thrilled today to be releasing the first look at the Arrival Car. Over the past six months, we have been working closely with Uber’s drivers to create a vehicle specifically for the ride hailing industry, and making it affordable, durable and great to look at.
“Electrifying ride-hailing will play a crucial role in reducing the emissions of vehicles in cities globally, providing a sustainable, clean multi-modal transportation system for communities. We are keen on supporting drivers with this transition by developing the best possible product for ride hailing that elevates the experience for both them and their passengers, making urban air clean in the process.”
Jamie Heywood, regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe at Uber said: “The first reveal of the Arrival Car is an exciting moment for Uber drivers, who are switching to electric vehicles at a much faster rate than the mass market. Uber drivers have been working with Arrival to provide feedback on the design of the first purpose built, fully electric car for the ride-hailing industry. This exciting new vehicle will support our commitment for all cars on the app in London to be fully electric by 2025, helping to drive a green recovery and clean up urban transport.”
Arrival said the new vehicle will join its previously announced commercial products, the Bus and Van, to provide cities with a multi-model zero-emission transportation ecosystem that they require in order to meet their sustainability goals over the coming years.