Arrival has revealed a new zero-emission bus which it says will “transform the public transport industry at a time when it is facing its biggest challenges”. Arrival is a UK-based ‘unicorn’ business – indicating a start-up valued at more than $1billion.
Few details are available of the new vehicle, although artist”s impressions of the interior alongside short videos of a prototype bus have been released.
Arrival has won significant investment and orders across its portfolio, including €100million from Hyundai and Kia and an order from UPS for up to 10,000 electric vans earlier this year.
“Arrival’s core focus is to make your every-day experience radically better, whether that is your daily journey on an Arrival Bus, or through your work as a driver delivering parcels from an Arrival Van,” says Kwame Nyanning, chief of experience at Arrival.
“We are working with cities to make every touchpoint within the urban transportation ecosystem not only better, but also more equitable and sustainable. Recent events have made it clear the world needs to take action now in order to improve lives and effect real change.”
Ben Jardine, chief of product, Arrival Bus, adds: “We are very excited to bring the Arrival Bus to markets around the world and make the passenger experience of bus travel a positive one. By working in partnership with businesses to develop the entire ecosystem around our vehicles, we are supporting their goals of making public transport appealing whilst achieving carbon neutrality.”
The company says that the Arrival Bus can be produced in local ‘microfactories’ which will be deployed worldwide to serve local communities, pay local taxes and support local supply chains and employment.
Arrival says its innovative assembly technology using low-footprint, low-investment microfactories enable the production of highly customised vehicles which are better priced even at low volumes. Arrival plans to deploy 1,000 microfactories globally by 2026.
Arrival was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the UK, with over 1,000 global employees located in offices across the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia and Luxembourg.