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Uber partners with Arrival to create its own fleet of electric cars

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Uber is partnering with British electric vehicle company Arrival to create its own fleet of electric cars it hopes to start producing by late 2023.

The Arrival car, which will be designed with input from Uber drivers, will be an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing drivers in a bid to reduce emissions and improve urban air quality.

The two companies are planning to showcase the car’s final design before the end of the year before starting production in the autumn of 2023, joining Arrival’s existing battery-powered electric buses, which will be tested on British roads in the autumn, and delivery vans.

“We are confident that electrifying ride-hailing vehicles will have an outsized impact on cities, and we are keen to support drivers as they manage this transition,” said Tom Elvidge, senior vice-president of Arrival Mobility UK.

“Arrival Car will be designed around drivers’ needs to create a vehicle that is affordable, durable and desirable.”

Uber partners with Arrival to create its own fleet of electric cars
The companies are planning on revealing the final car design by the end of 2021 (Photo: Arrival/Uber/PA)

The global shift to electric vehicles has been hailed as playing a key role in helping nations hit global climate targets.

The number of electric cars, buses, vans and trucks is predicted to rapidly increase from 11m to 145m vehicles globally by 2030, with the potential to hit 230m if governments ramp up their efforts to meet international energy and climate goals, a recent report from the International Energy Agency found.

Electric mobility has been an area of increasing interest for Uber in recent years. Back in 2018, the company announced its intentions for all cars operating on its platform in London to be fully electric by 2025 and is hoping to achieve the same goal in the US by 2030.

Customers booking rides from within London’s Zone 1 can select an all-electric vehicle with a reduced service fee of 15 per cent under recently-launched service Uber Green, which the company called a method of helping users “play their part in cleaning up urban transport”.

But as Uber’s electric vehicle ambitions go from strength to strength, its driverless dreams have stalled.

The ride-hailing company announced it was selling its autonomous car division to start-up Aurora in December last year after sinking more than $1bn into the project, but said it would collaborate with the company to bring self-driving vehicles to its roster in the future.

“Few technologies hold as much promise to improve people’s lives with safe, accessible, and environmentally friendly transportation as self-driving vehicles,”  Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive said at the time.

Pedestrian Elaine Herzberg died after being hit by an Uber car that was driving in self-driving mode but had a human safety driver behind the wheel in March 2018.

While the tech company was not charged over Ms Herzberg’s death, the safety driver Rafaela Vasquez was charged with negligent homicide by Arizona prosecutors in September last year.

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