UPS invests in Arrival and orders 10,000 Generation 2 Electric Vehicles

29 January 2020, London, UK and Atlanta, USA

UPS have announced an order of 10,000 purpose built electric vehicles. Most noteworthy, all worth hundreds of millions of Euros. The orders go to consequently UK based company Arrival.

The initial 10,000 vehicles will be rolled out in the UK, Europe and North America from 2020 to 2024. All with the option to purchase a further order of 10,000 vehicles. UPS venture capital arm also announced an investment in Arrival. Mind you: of an undisclosed amount.

The vehicles will be built using Arrival’s new method of assembly using low capital, low footprint microfactories located to serve local communities and profitable from thousands of units.

Arrival first announced a partnership with UPS to develop electric vehicles in 2016. However now with this vehicle order and investment accelerating the deployment. All of fit for purpose electric fleets at scale. Arrival’s unique Generation 2.0 electric vehicles offer UPS compelling commercial and environmental benefits. That’s to make a seamless and cost effective transition to a zero emissions fleet.

Denis Sverdlov, Founder and CEO of Arrival said,

 “UPS has been a strong strategic partner of Arrival, providing valuable insight to how electric delivery vans are used on the road and how they can be optimised for drivers. 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. We are pleased that today’s investment and vehicle order creates even closer ties between our two companies.”

Carlton Rose, President of UPS Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering said,

“Our investment and partnership with Arrival is directly aligned with UPS’s transformation strategy. One led by the deployment of cutting-edge technologies.These vehicles will also be among the world’s most advanced package delivery vehicles. Thereby redefining industry standards for electric, connected and intelligent vehicle solutions.”

Arrival has developed components, sustainable materials and software. Combined and to customize both vehicles and operations of commercial fleet owners. The company’s unique skateboard platforms enable the creation of vehicles. Most importantly in any weight, type, size and shape to match customer requirements. Those which are then deployed close to areas of demand across the globe in Arrival’s microfactories.

Avinash Rugoobur, Chief Strategy Officer at Arrival commented

Arrival has created Generation 2 electric vehicles. He means that are moreover better. All in price, design and experience. That’s to than traditional fossil fuel vehicles and existing EVs.

This gives fleet managers a highly compelling commercial and environmental reason. All to switch to electric and accelerate the adoption of electric technology globally.

So at Arrival, they believe this is the most impactful areas to start. Especially in the transition to a fully electric future. Now their partnership with UPS. It will drive us both towards their shared vision of cleaner mobility.

Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS commented:

UPS continues to build an integrated fleet of electric vehicles. Now combining with innovative, large-scale fleet charging technology. Because as mega-trends like population growth. Then you include urban migration. Also, then include e-commerce. It’s just continuing to accelerate.

It’s because UPS recognizes the need to work with partners. Moreover and all around the world.

All to solve both road congestion and pollution challenges. That’s for our customers and the communities they serve. Electric vehicles also form a cornerstone. Especially to their sustainable urban delivery strategies. Taking an active investment role in Arrival. It actively enables UPS to collaborate. Especially in the design and production of the three UPS trucks. Now considered the world’s most advanced electric delivery vehicles.

In conclusion, all with over 300 million vans and trucks on the road. They are all consequently fueled by petrol or diesel. So the commercial vehicle segment is a major contributor to transport emissions. That’s as well as the fastest growing vehicle segment.

So the rise of e-commerce has contributed to this increase. That’s over the past decade. Look, I mean the number of parcels delivered per day in NYC alone. It has quadrupled to 1.5 million. Then also all the while van mileage in the UK. Man o man it has grown 56% since 2000.

In conclusion, the opportunity to significantly impact climate change. Then coupled with predictable routes and overnight depot charging. Finally and to then make commercial vehicles perfectly suited. Moreover and all seamlessly switch to electric.

Source: United Parcel Service

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