Technology company Arrival has unveiled more about its electric van, which will be starting public road trials with key customers this summer.
Arrival’s fully electric van boasts 1,975kg payload and cargo volume of 2.4m3 per metre in length) at a price comparable with fossil fuel vehicles, and with a substantially lower total cost of ownership (TCO), according to the company.
Arrival’s Van has been developed alongside drivers and operators and includes technologies throughout the vehicle to provide customers with greater connectivity and operators with data and fleet management tools that can help to optimise the running of a fleet.
This includes Arrival’s proprietary software which allows real-time health monitoring and predictive maintenance to reduce downtime. The soft and hardware components are also upgradeable over time, ensuring the vehicle stays up-to-date with the latest technology and extending its use.
The modular batteries available range from 44kWh to 133kWh, meaning operators can choose the battery configuration best suited for their range requirements, further reducing costs and increasing efficiency. The lightweight aluminium frame and proprietary composite body panels significantly decrease the weight of the vehicle for greater range efficiency, reduce the frequency and cost of repairs as well as extend the van’s life expectancy.
Inside the cab, Arrival’s Van includes heated seating, independent front and rear suspension, full cabin climate control and a 15.6” touch-screen interface to communicate data being collected from the vehicle directly to the driver in an optimal fashion. ADAS features, such as digital e-mirrors, a 360-degree surround view, Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keep Assist are all available across the range of Arrival Van variants, from 5.1m to 6.5m in length.
“We believe that the rapid growth of e-commerce has led to a much higher demand for light commercial transport in cities, increasing both congestion and air pollution.” said Avinash Ruguboor, Arrival’s president and chief strategy officer. “We are in the midst of an important market transition as more and more fleet managers adopt cleaner and more sustainable methods and cities adopt stricter air quality measures, we are looking to accelerate that transition with a best-in-class solution that has clear benefits, at a purchase price and TCO that makes the transition the best possible commercial decision too.”
The Arrival Van is expected to start full production in Q3 2022.