The maker of this new electric bus of the future just received an $118 million investment from BlackRock to build a US factory

The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.
  • Arrival has unveiled a zero-emissions public transit bus with configurable seating arrangements to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The bus's price is comparable to that of a traditional fuel-burning bus, allowing its purchaser to save money long term, according to its maker.
  • Arrival plans to ship 1,000 "microfactories" — where Arrival's transportation products will be manufactured — around the world by 2026.
  • On Wednesday, the electric mobility maker announced that it has received a $118 million investment from BlackRock that will allow Arrival to open its first US-based microfactory in South Carolina in 2021.
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Public transportation ridership has gone down due to the coronavirus, but newcomer Arrival has a solution: a zero-emissions public transit bus with seating options that are social distancing-friendly.

The Arrival bus was designed to have configurable seating, according to Arrival's GIFs of the interior. The bus's layout includes rows of paired seats that are placed side-by-side. But amid social distancing efforts, the seats can be physically removed, creating more space in-between seated passengers.

This concept of leaving seats empty to accommodate travel amid the pandemic isn't a novel idea among transportation-related companies. Similarly, several major airlines have already announced that they will halt selling tickets for the middle seat to create a larger bubble of empty space around seated passengers.

Besides its modular layout, the Arrival bus also has the added benefit of having a price tag that is comparable to that of a traditional fuel-powered bus, allowing its purchaser to save money long term by not having to pay for fuel, according to its maker.

This electric bus isn't Arrival's only foray into the growing electric transportation industry. The company is also developing electric cars, taxis, delivery robots, and more, all with the goal of creating zero-emission vehicles. Its line of electric delivery vans has also already received a 10,000-unit order from UPS.

Keep scrolling to see the bus:

The bus will be built at Arrival's "microfactories", which can be sent and used globally to build an expansive network of independent Arrival manufacturers.
The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.
A microfactory is expected to produce 1,000 buses and 10,000 electric cargo vans annually.
arrival bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: Arrival

On Wednesday, the electric mobility maker announced that it has received a $118 million investment from BlackRock that will allow Arrival to open its first US-based microfactory in South Carolina by Q2 in 2021.
Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: Arrival

Production is then projected to begin before the end of the year.
arrival bus
The Arrival Bus.
This upcoming microfactory in York County, South Carolina will be a $46 million investment that is set to create 240 new jobs in the area.
The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: Arrival

Hyundai and Kia have also invested €100 million, about $112 million, into Arrival, and will soon be using the startup's technology to "develop mobility services and electrify their vehicle fleets," according to Arrival.
Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: Arrival

According to Arrival, the bus "promotes a positive perception of public transportation."
Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: Arrival

The interior has the typical fixings of any public bus, such as seats and handrails.
The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.
But unlike a typical city bus, the Arrival bus has a skylight across the length of the roof, The Verge reported ...
The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.

Source: The Verge

... and a screen towards the front of the bus that displays information about upcoming stops and changes.
The Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.
The company is currently headquartered in London and has offices in five other countries, totaling over 1,000 employees.
Arrival Bus
The Arrival Bus.
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