Spacious and affordable urban EV, designed in partnership with Uber drivers, should arrive in 2023.
London-based EV start up Arrival has revealed the final design of its first bespoke passenger car, which it has developed in partnership with Uber.
Called simply the ‘Arrival Car’, the electric ride-hailing vehicle will begin on-road testing in the new year, having been developed from the ground-up in little more than six months.
It will play a crucial role in underpinning Uber’s ambition to go all-electric in London by 2025, and Arrival has previously suggested it could enter production in the third quarter of 2023.
Feedback from Uber drivers, who are envisioned as the car’s primary users, has informed the model’s conception, and will continue to influence the final evolution before plans progress to put the car into series production.
Arrival said it has designed its first bespoke car “specifically for the ride hailing industry to give the best possible experience for both drivers and passengers and bring clean air to urban environments where most ride-hailing mileage occurs”.
Priorities for the design and engineering teams were to promote visibility, comfort, cost, safety and convenience, in line with a projected annual mileage of between 28,000-31,000 per year, compared to 6000 for the average private vehicle.
Details of its size and technical specifications remain under wraps, but it is said to offer twice the leg room of the average car of this size and uses technology that features in Arrival’s already-revealed van and bus concepts.
Tom Kelvidge, Arrival’s platform boss, 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.