In 2017, Uber announced its plans to go all-electric in London by 2025. Now the service has taken a new step towards achieving that goal: It has partnered with UK-based carmaker Arrival to create an electric car. specifically for private trips. Companies are designing an affordable electric vehicle that focuses on driver comfort, as public transportation vehicles travel far more miles than private vehicles while providing a superior experience for passengers.
Prior to this collaboration, Arrival worked on electric vans and buses for commercial use. People in North America and Europe could see them in action in the near future, as UPS has already placed an order for 10,000 of its recently revealed electric vans. According to TechCrunch, Arrival is entering the electric car field for the first time and will consult and work with Uber drivers to come up with a hat design that meets the association’s criteria. The companies have released mockups of what the EV would look like (see above and below), but they won’t reveal the final design until late 2021 at the earliest. They expect the Arrival EV to go into production in the third quarter of 2023.
Uber drivers in London can apply for electric vehicle assistance under the Clean Air Plan if they want to use an electric vehicle for service. In fact, the company has raised £ 135 million to help drivers with the cost of switching vehicles. Uber has not elaborated on when and how drivers can request an arrival car, but it will likely be an option when it becomes available. Drivers switching to electric vehicles will also benefit from Uber Green, the option that allows passengers to specifically request all-electric vehicles. The electric vehicle transport service expanded to 1,400 new cities and towns in North America in January and arrived in London in March.
Uber will work with Arrival to make custom EV taxis