Arrival, a UK based electric vehicle (EV) developer, is partnering with Uber to develop an affordable, purpose-built EV for ride-hailing drivers. The Arrival Car is expected to enter production in Autumn 2023.

Vehicles designed for ride-hailing and car sharing services have different design requirements to privately owned vehicles. For instance, a typical ride-hailing vehicle will drive 50,000km a year, compared to 12,000km for a typical vehicle. As a consequence, Arrival’s car will prioritise driver comfort, safety, and convenience, and that passengers enjoy a premium experience.

Uber has previously committed to becoming a fully electric mobility platform in London by 2025 and by 2030 across North America and Europe. It has also established an incentive scheme to support its drivers to purchase an electric vehicle, meaning the Arrival Car could become ubiquitous in cities across the globe.

Arrival has committed to collaborating with Uber drivers in the design process to ensure the new vehicle reflects the needs of both drivers and their passengers, with the final vehicle design expected to be revealed before the end of 2021.

Tom Elvidge, SVP Arrival Mobility 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. Our focus is on developing the best possible product for ride hailing that elevates the experience of the passenger and improves drivers’ health, safety and finances.”

The Arrival Car will join Arrival’s previously announced commercial products, the Bus and Van, to provide cities with a multi-modal zero-emission transportation offer.

The tie-up with Uber is also a major boost for Arrival’s innovative approach to decentralised production within microfactories. This means vehicles are produced close to areas of demand, using local talent and paying local taxes. This strategy also enables the production of vehicles specific to the region in which they will operate.

Arrival’s model is based around low capital expenditure, rapidly scalable microfactories combined with proprietary in-house developed components, materials and software, to enable the production of best in class vehicles competitively priced to fossil fuel variants and with a substantially lower total cost of ownership. The company is this year deploying its first three microfactories in North and South Carolina, US and Bicester, UK.