UPS delivers 10,000-strong order to Arrival for electric vehicles31 January 2020

UPS has ordered 10,000 bespoke electric vehicles from UK-based Arrival, for delivery between 2020 and 2024, with an option to double the order in the same period. The vehicles will be deployed in the UK, Europe and North America.

UPS’s venture capital arm has also invested an undisclosed sum in Arrival.

Arrival says its Generation 2 electric vehicles offer operators a “highly compelling” reason to switch to electric vehicles. The vehicles are based on the company’s ‘skateboard’ platform with standard components, enabling vehicles to be built to customer requirements in any weight, type, size and shape. They are assembled in Arrival’s ‘microfactories’, one of which is in Banbury.

Arrival’s partnership with UPS began in 2016, when the two organisations started to develop electric vehicles.

“Together, our teams have been creating bespoke electric vehicles, based on our flexible skateboard platforms that meet the end-to-end needs of UPS, from driving, loading/unloading, depot and back office operations,” says Denis Sverdlov, Arrival’s founder and CEO.

Carlton Rose, UPS president for global fleet maintenance and engineering, says: “These vehicles will be among the world’s most advanced package delivery vehicles, redefining industry standards for electric, connected and intelligent vehicle solutions.”

Earlier this month, Hyundai and Kia Motors announced a €100 million partnership with Arrival: for more information, see the link below.

Laura Cork

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