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Arrival unveils new fully-electric van

5Arrival electric van

Arrival has unveiled its new fully-electric van which will be starting public road trials with key customers this summer.

The manufacturer says its new vehicle, which is expected to go into full production in Q3 2022, will have a payload (1,975kg) and cargo volume (2.4 cu m per meter in length) which exceed those offered by fossil fuel vans at a comparable price and a substantially lower total cost of ownership.

It says the flexibility provided by the modular battery ranging from 44hWh to 133kWh means operators can choose the battery configuration that is best suited for their range requirements.

The vehicle, which will be available in lengths from 5.1m to 6.5m, will use a lightweight aluminium frame and proprietary composite body panels to significantly decrease the weight of the vehicle for greater range efficiency, reduce the frequency and cost of repairs, as well as extend the van’s life expectancy.

Avinash Ruguboor, president and chief strategy officer of Arrival, said: “We believe the rapid growth of e-commerce has led to a much higher demand for light commercial transport in cities, increasing both congestion and air pollution.

“We are in the midst of an important market transition as more and more fleet managers adopt cleaner and more sustainable methods and cities adopt stricter air quality measure.”

Arrival says the van is also designed to bring a new level of comfort to the commercial market and will feature heated seating, independent front and rear suspension, climate control and a 15.6-inch touchscreen to communicate data being collected from the vehicle.

Advanced driver assistance systems technology which will be available includes digital e-mirrors, a 360-degree surround view, advanced emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist.


Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email sandra.evitt@bauermedia.co.uk.

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