Arrival and First Bus confirm zero emission bus trials for autumn 2021

Arrival will begin trials of its zero emission bus with First Bus this autumn. Arrival unveiled its electric bus last June, promising reduced operating costs, making the transition to electric vehicles more economically viable. 

The single-deck Arrival Bus has a single front door with a passenger seating capacity of 36. It has up to 310.8kWh of energy storage capacity with the option of both AC and DC charging. The bus has common suspension front and rear and common wheels and tyres, which Arrival says means the vehicle could be up to 40 per cent lighter than other battery-electric buses on the market today.

Janette Bell, managing director, First Bus, says: “As leaders in sustainable mobility, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Arrival, helping us bring some of the most innovative zero emission vehicles on the market onto the UK’s streets for our customers and partners. 

“We’re proud to be the first operator in the UK to trial Arrival’s electric buses and look forward to working together to accelerate the transition to zero emissions in our sector. 

“Their ground-breaking technology is also expected to allow for improved customer service, and we’re looking forward to seeing how customers react to the new buses when they’re trialled later this year.”

Avinash Rugoobur, Arrival president, adds: “Today is an important day in the transition to a more sustainable, user focused transportation ecosystem and we are thrilled to be partnering with First Bus on this trial and for people to experience the Arrival Bus on public roads. 

“Cities around the world are pledging their commitment to a zero-emission transportation future and Arrival is providing them with the ideal product to help them achieve that in the Arrival Bus.”