Tech News: Uber to work with Arrival for making custom EV taxis.
In 2017, Uber announced its plans to be fully electric in London by 2025. Now the service has taken a new step towards achieving that goal: it has partnered with British carmaker Arrival to create an electric car specifically for the ride-hailing. Companies are designing an affordable electric vehicle that focuses on driver comfort as the cars carrying the cars travel far more miles than private cars, providing a premium passenger experience.
Prior to this collaboration, Arrival worked on electric vans and buses for business use. People in North America and Europe may see them in action in the near future, as UPS has already placed an order for 10,000 of its newly unveiled electric vans. According to TechCrunch, Arrival is first entering the field of electric cars and will consult and work with Uber drivers to come up with a hat design that meets the partnership criteria. The companies have released models of what the EV might look like (see above and below), but they won’t reveal the final design until late 2021 at the earliest. They expect Arrival EV to go into production in the third quarter of 2023.
Uber drivers in London can request EV assistance under the Clean Air Plan if they wish to use an electric vehicle for the service. In fact, the company raised £ 135 million to support drivers with the cost of changing vehicles. Uber hasn’t explained when and how drivers can request a car upon arrival, 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 fully electric vehicles. The electric vehicle service expanded to 1,400 new North American cities and towns in January and arrived in London in March.