New Arrival aims to shake-up bus market

25 June 2020

Billion-dollar British automotive start-up Arrival has revealed a series of images showcasing its plans for an electric bus it hopes will reshape the face of public transport.

The London-based company also released a video showing an early prototype of the vehicle of the futuristic-looking zero emission model in the Beta testing phase of its development.

According to Arrival, the bus has been designed to offer an ‘exceptional passenger experience’ and is equipped with features that ‘promote a positive perception of public transportation’ and ‘create an environment evoking a sense of space, cleanliness and wellbeing’.

The teaser images also show that connectivity and passenger infotainment are high on the company’s design agenda.

While few details have so far been released, it’s widely reported that Arrival’s unique assembly model, which will see vehicles produced in local microfactories, will mean the final design will be modular and highly customisable, with assembly tailored to meet the specific needs of the customer.

Kwame Nyanning, Chief of Experience at Arrival, said, “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.”

Ben Jardine, Chief of Product for Arrival Bus, added, “As Arrival partners with governments and cities to create an Integrated Public Transport ecosystem that supports their net-zero emission goals, the company is also developing cars for sharing, taxis, buses, delivery robots, charging stations, Microfactories and digital services that enable ‘best in class’ public transport without the need for subsidies.

“This is possible because Arrival’s solutions are intelligently designed, with the Arrival Bus priced the same as a fossil fuel equivalent and realising even greater savings over its lifetime.”

Arrival says its bus will be produced in local microfactories which are designed to be capable of assembling all vehicles from Arrival’s portfolio. These microfactories, it claims, will support the creation of market-specific products and will regenerate regional economies through the use of local supply chains, retention of talent and payment of local taxes.