Video: British Startup Of A Russian Ex-official Presented An Electric Bus Screen
Founded by Russian Denis Sverdlov (former deputy head of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and ex-head of Yota), British startup Arrival showed the first images of its all-electric bus. Of the features - a transforming salon and a huge number of screens outside and inside.
On the sketches, which were at the disposal of The Verge, it can be seen that the car is literally hung with screens. Panels on the outside can be used not only to indicate routes and stops, but also to help regulate passenger flows by identifying doors for pick-up and drop-off, or broadcast advertisements.
- Route details are also displayed on numerous screens in the cabin, and contactless toll points will be “tied” to some screens. The design of the cabin makes it easy to change the number and configuration of the seating arrangement. Another "feature" of the electric bus, the creators call a transparent glass panel over the entire length of the roof.
- Arrival has not yet reported the technical characteristics of their bus. There is no information about the timing of the appearance of "live" cars, although the startup has already posted a video from the running tests of the prototype of the electric bus.
The London-based Arrival project (founded in 2015, until 2017 was called Charge) is owned by Denis Sverdlov for more than 80%, writes Forbes. The company positions itself as a developer and manufacturer of second-generation electric vehicles: their peculiarity is that such cars should cost about the same as their counterparts with gasoline and diesel engines. At the same time, auto products are supposed to be produced at local “microfactories” located at “points of demand”.
The main development of the company is its own software and a modular platform with a battery, electric motor and transmission. In addition to electric buses, the company's model range also includes electric cars for taxis and car sharing, cargo vans and automated delivery vehicles. And all this can be combined into one transport system for easier fleet management. Arrival has engineering and manufacturing facilities in the USA, Germany, Israel, Russia and the UK; the company says it has over 800 employees.
Arrival promises to present ready-made cars in 2020, and a full-fledged production launch was planned for 2021, although due to the coronavirus, the dates may shift. At the same time, in January 2020, Arrival announced that the start-up partners were Hyundai and Kia, which invested 100 million euros in a project for the joint development of electric vehicles. In the same month, it became known that the American postal giant UPS ordered Arrival delivery of 10,000 electric delivery vans by 2024, the order amount was at least 400 million euros.
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