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Arrival launches 250-mile range zero emission bus

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Arrival, the UK commercial electric vehicle start-up, has launched its zero tail-pipe emissions bus that it is hoping will transform public transport in the UK.

The company said its Arrival Bus will be priced at the equivalent of a fossil fuel equivalent and it would realise operators “even greater savings over its lifetime”.

The company said it is currently in discussions with several operators and cities interested in the Arrival Bus and will make an announcent at a later date.

Arrival hasn't revealed the full specifications and pricing details for its Bus yet, but has confirmed to Smart Transport that is is fully electric and battery powered and it will have a zero emissions range, dependant on the bus operators duty cycle, of up to 250 miles.

The bus size starts at 10.5m & 12m, with the capability of producing up to 15m in length in 1.5m increments. The max capacity of the bus is 125 passengers depending on specifications, but the configuration can also be adjusted to account for social distancing measures.

The Arrival Bus will be produced in local Microfactories which are designed to be capable of assembling all vehicles from Arrival's portfolio.

Ben Jardine, chief of product for Arrival Bus, said: “We are very excited to bring the Arrival Bus to markets around the world and make the passenger experience of bus travel a positive one.

"By working in partnership with businesses to develop the entire ecosystem around our vehicles, we are supporting their goals of making public transport appealing while achieving carbon neutrality."

Arrival is also developing cars for sharing, taxis, buses, delivery robots, charging stations, Microfactories and digital services that it says will enable ‘best in class’ public transport without the need for subsidies.

Arrival’s Microfactories model uses new assembly technology using low-footprint, low-captical expenditure factories that it says enable the production of highly customised vehicles which are better priced even at low volumes. Arrival plans to deploy 1000 Microfactories globally by 2026.

Arrival was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the UK, with over 1000 global employees located in offices across the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia and Luxembourg.

The company announced earlier this year that UPS placed an order for 10,000 units of its Arrival Van to be rolled out for use across its logisitics business between 2020 and 2024 with the option for a further order of 10,000 units.

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