Arrival, a U.K. startup preparing to build electric buses and delivery vans, is expanding its model line to include a small, battery-powered passenger car and is partnering with Uber to fine-tune it for use in rideshare fleets.
The Arrival Car is intended to be a relatively low-cost electric vehicle designed for ride-hail and car-share fleets, initially in the U.K. and European Union, says Tom Elvidge, Arrival’s senior vice president of mobility. Production begins in late 2023 at one of the flexible “microfactories” London-based Arrival is setting up, following the start of assembly of its transit buses and commercial vans. Before that, Uber drivers will provide design feedback to refine the car’s packaging and features.
“The partnership we have with (Uber) is to ensure that they get the very best product for what they need,” said Elvidge, a past general manager for Uber in the U.K. and Ireland. He didn’t