Arrival, the commercial electric vehicle company that is shaking up the traditional automotive production line with micro-factories run by AI, has been chosen to build electric buses for the city of Anaheim, California.
The Federal Transportation Administration awarded Anaheim a $ 2 million grant in 2019, and on Thursday the city’s transportation network announced plans to partner with Arrival to achieve its goal of operating the first fleet of buses. all-electric from California by 2025.
The UK-based company said Anaheim, which operates public transport services to and from Disneyland and other local attractions, will be the first customer for its light-battery bus. The arrival will begin with five 40-foot buses, but has not responded to requests for additional information on when the buses will launch and when to expect further additions to the fleet.
The buses for Anaheim will be built at the first American Arriving micro-factory in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Arrival’s other micro-factory is in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the startup aims to have 31 micro-factories nationwide by the end of 2024.
Arrival’s partnership with Anaheim Transportation Network also includes workforce development programs, according to a statement from the EV company. Local community colleges offering electrical and mechanical engineering programs will be able to offer eligible students internships to gain experience working with zero-emission transportation.
“The arrival bus will change the face of public transportation when it hits the road,” said Mike Ableson, CEO of Arriving Automotive. “Our first order from a US transit operator is just the start.
Arrival, which recently went public through a SPAC merger, already has a number of notable partnerships. Last year, it signed an agreement with UPS to launch a first order for 10,000 electric delivery vehicles through 2024. In May, the company partnered with Uber to create an electric vehicle specially designed for transportation. together, and last week the company announced a first order for 3,000 electric vehicles from LeasePlan, a Dutch car-as-a-service company.