It has twice as much legroom as a conventional taxi this size.
After revealing its dedicated electric delivery van for UPS back in October, British EV startup Arrival Cars has released the first images and details of its first passenger car designed in partnership with Uber specifically for ride-hailing services to "give the best possible experience for both drivers and passengers."
Known simply as the Arrival Car, the first working prototype was developed from the ground up in just six months since the EV shares the same platform and technology as the Arrival Bus and Van. It was developed in collaboration with drivers from Uber with a focus on comfort and visibility. As such, the interior offers twice as much legroom as a compact car with the same length according to Arrival, though no dimensions have been released.
A large windshield that blends seamlessly with the glass roof maximizes the driver's visibility. Inside, the interior looks spacious and minimalist, incorporating a large central screen for navigation and a two-spoke steering wheel. The boxy design could change, however, as Arrival aims to adjust the design based on feedback from ride-hailing drivers.
No details about the powertrain range or battery pack are available yet, but the Arrival Car is designed to be driven between 28,000 and 31,000 miles per year compared to typical cars that clock up an average of 6,000 miles a year. The electric Arrival taxi is designed to be an affordable alternative to combustion Uber taxis like the Volvo XC90 but Arrival hasn't revealed any pricing details.
With the first prototype completed, testing of the Arrival Car will begin next year. Production is expected to start in 2023 at one of Arrival's small-footprint, low-cost "microfactories." When it launches, the Arrival Car will help Uber go all-electric in London by 2025.
"This is a key milestone for Arrival and we're thrilled today to be releasing the first look at the Arrival Car. 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," said Tom Elvidge, EVP Vehicle Platforms at Arrival. "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."