Arrival has revealed the first finished prototype of its new electric car, developed for use by the ride-hailing industry.
The company, which has been able to develop it alongside drivers from Uber in just over six months, says it has leg room twice as large as that of an average car of the same length.
It is also using technologies that are shared across its van and bus models.
Arrival, which builds its vehicles in microfactories, will now begin testing the car and incorporate the feedback into the next design phase.
Tom Elvidge, EVP Vehicle Platforms at Arrival said, “Over the past six months, we have been working closely with Uber’s drivers to create a vehicle specifically for the ride hailing industry, and making it affordable, durable and great to look at.
“Electrifying ride-hailing will play a crucial role in reducing the emissions of vehicles in cities globally, providing a sustainable, clean multi-modal transportation system for communities.
“We are keen on supporting drivers with this transition by developing the best possible product for ride hailing that elevates the experience for both them and their passengers, making urban air clean in the process.”
Jamie Heywood, Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe at Uber added: “The first reveal of the Arrival Car is an exciting moment for Uber drivers, who are switching to electric vehicles at a much faster rate than the mass market.
“Uber drivers have been working with Arrival to provide feedback on the design of the first purpose built, fully electric car for the ride-hailing industry.
“This exciting new vehicle will support our commitment for all cars on the app in London to be fully electric by 2025, helping to drive a green recovery and clean up urban transport.”