Currently reading: UPS orders 10,000 electric vans from British start-up Arrival
Global logistics company is the first to add Arrival's adaptable commercial EV to its global fleet
Felix Page Autocar writer
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29 January 2020

Global logistics firm UPS has ordered 10,000 electric delivery vans from London-based start-up Arrival.

The vans, based on Arrival’s Generation 2.0 EV architecture, will be rolled out across the UK, Europe and North America before 2024 as UPS transitions to a zero-emissions fleet. 

The American company also has the option of ordering another 10,000 vans in the future, having made an investment in Arrival of an undisclosed amount through its venture capital arm.  

The transaction, said to be worth “hundreds of millions of euros”, comes just two weeks after Arrival announced an £85 million investment from Hyundai and Kia, which will go towards developing a new line of bespoke commercial EVs for the Korean manufacturers.

UPS and Arrival have been working together since 2016, with the former providing “valuable insight to how electric delivery vans are used on the road and how they can be optimised for drivers,” according to Arrival CEO Denis Sverdlov. 

Detailed technical and performance figures for Arrival’s electric van remain unconfirmed, but the firm claims it will "surpass traditional vehicles in cost, design and efficiency with 50% operational cost savings for fleet owners". 

It's also yet to be confirmed which of Arrival’s five low-footprint ‘microfactory’ sites will produce the UPS vans. 

Last year, online retail giant Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric vans from American start-up Rivian, which, like Arrival, bases its EVs on a skateboard chassis and can adapt them to suit the specific needs of its customers. 

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29 January 2020

 Boris will be pleased, now, I think I said on another post that this vehicle was refreshingly new take on the humble delivery Van, and I stand by it too.

29 January 2020
Where are the micro-factories?!?

29 January 2020

Excellent news!

Hope the production vehicles are super efficient and keep those cute looks.

29 January 2020

Why should the contract be worth “hundreds of millions of euros” when it will actually be worth worth “hundreds of millions of pounds” - who writes this rubbish?

30 January 2020
Anything worth hundreds of millions in Euros, is also worth a real lot in Dollars US - or any other major currency. So who cares if they mention the amount in Euros.

30 January 2020
The car industry is global, for those based in the UK most of the parts supply comes from Europe so the industry uses Euros as the default currency.
The UK will have to adopt the Euro soon anyway, it will be a condition of being allowed to rejoin the EU once our industry has been destroyed and we are reduced to begging.

30 January 2020
jameshobiecat wrote:

The car industry is global, for those based in the UK most of the parts supply comes from Europe so the industry uses Euros as the default currency.
The UK will have to adopt the Euro soon anyway, it will be a condition of being allowed to rejoin the EU once our industry has been destroyed and we are reduced to begging.

lol, industry destroyed.

That's happened over the last 40 years, Aston Martin and Morgan are the only UK-owned (kinda) automakers left.

We're starting from scratch now we're leaving the EU, sure.

But then we've done it before, we'll do it again. Who should we colonise first? ;-P

30 January 2020
The entire Nissan Sunderland plant is closing. This was one of the biggest plants in the country :(

30 January 2020
CarNut170][quote=jameshobiecat wrote:

Who should we colonise first? ;-P

Spain

30 January 2020
CarNut170][quote=jameshobiecat wrote:

Who should we colonise first? ;-P

Spain

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