Uber and Arrival in deal to produce electric cars
By David Wood | 4th May 2021
Uber and UK-based electric van and bus maker Arrival have announced plans to create a fleet of electric cars for the ride-hailing service.
The two companies have said the Arrival Car will be an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing services, and is expected to start production in the second half of 2023.
As part of the initiative, Uber drivers will be asked to give their input during the car's design process, which is expected to be fully revealed for the first time at the end of this year.
Uber said that as well as becoming fully electric across London by 2025, it hopes to have an entirely electric vehicle fleet across the UK, Europe and North America by 2030.
Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, was quoted as saying: "As our cities open up we have an opportunity to make sure that urban transport is cleaner than ever before.
"Uber is committed to helping every driver in London upgrade to an EV by 2025, and, thanks to our Clean Air Plan, more than £135 million has been raised to support this ambition.
"Our focus is now on encouraging drivers to use this money to help them upgrade to an electric vehicle, and our partnership with Arrival will help us achieve this goal."
Tom Elvidge, Arrival's senior vice president for mobility in the UK, said: "We are confident that electrifying ride-hailing vehicles will have an outsized impact on cities, and we are keen to support drivers as they manage this transition.
"Arrival Car will be designed around drivers' needs to create a vehicle that is affordable, durable and desirable."
Mr Elvidge said they hoped to develop the best possible product for ride-hailing that elevates the experience of the passenger and improves drivers' health, safety and finances.
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