Uber joins Arrival to make electric ride-hailing car
According to a statement, the vehicle will go into production in the third quarter of 2023, and the two companies will "explore a strategic partnership in key markets, including the UK and EU."
It comes after Arrival, a six-year-old company that also makes electric vans and buses, was listed on Wall Street's Nasdaq in March.
"Arrival, the global technology company creating electric vehicles using its game-changing technologies, is partnering with Uber to develop an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing drivers," the statement said.
The Arrival car "will address the global need to shift ride-hailing and car-sharing services... to electric to reduce emissions and improve air quality in cities", it added.
According to Arrival, the partnership is aimed at reducing carbon emission harnessing over 30 million estimated drivers across the ride-hailing sector, by shifting to the non-polluting variant.
But to ensure plant-friendly service, the tech duo will sustain the rider's comfort. "Arrival Car will prioritize driver comfort, safety, and convenience while ensuring the passengers enjoy a premium experience," Arrival said in a release.
UBER AND ARRIVAL WILL ENSURE THE COMFORT OF BOTH DRIVER AND PASSANGER IS NOT COMPROMISED (IMAGE COURTESY OF ARRIVAL)
Ride-hailing services play an important role in developing affordable and reliable multi-modal transportation networks, decreasing both the overall number of cars in cities and emissions, which is projected to have a significant effect on real-world pollution globally.
According to the announcement, Uber has committed to become a fully-electric mobility network in London by 2025 and in North America and Europe by 2030.
"As our cities open up we have an opportunity to make sure that urban transport is cleaner than ever before," said Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.
The car "will be designed around drivers' needs to create a vehicle that is affordable, durable and desirable", said Tom Elvidge, senior vice president Arrival Mobility UK.