by Tiana May
17 Dec 2021
Arrival has revealed its first finished prototype of the electric Arrival Car, which is specifically designed for the ride-hailing industry.
Earlier this year, Arrival announced a collaboration with Uber to design an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle. Over the past six months, Arrival has worked alongside Uber drivers to develop a car that improves the ride-hailing experience for drivers and passengers.
Arrival’s vehicle prioritises visibility and comfort, providing passengers with twice as much leg room as an average car of the same length. The Arrival Car is also designed to be cost-efficient and reliable, despite the significant amount of driving distance ride-hailing vehicles withstand. Indeed, an average ride-hailing vehicle will drive 45–50,000km a year, compared to a typical vehicle that drives 12,000km.
“This is a key milestone for Arrival and we’re thrilled 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.”
Arrival uses local microfactories to produce its vehicles.
Testing is now due to start on the prototype so that Arrival can incorporate feedback into the next design phase. Arrival envisions that this process will lead to an efficient, safe and desirable vehicle that is tailored specifically to the ride-hailing market.
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