Arrival Bus Obtains European Vehicle Type Approval and EU Certification

Electric commercial vehicle startup Arrival has achieved EU certification and received European Complete Vehicle Type Approval (EUWVTA) for its bus model.

This is a major milestone for the company and a crucial step towards inbound buses carrying passengers on public roads in Europe and the UK. Certification was granted after the inbound bus successfully passed all required system safety tests.

“This milestone for Arrival is a testament to our innovative technologies and our unique new method of designing and producing electric vehicles. The Arrival Bus is unlike anything that has come before it, using technologies developed in-house to creating benefits for operators, passengers and the planet.”

Denis Sverdlov, founder and CEO of Arrival

Because the arrival bus shares technologies and components with the arrival van and arrival car, lessons learned from certification contribute to all vehicle programs. The startup says this is one of the many benefits of its unique approach to designing its electric vehicles.

The Arrival Bus was developed to meet the needs of cities around the world looking to transform their public transport infrastructure into a sustainable ecosystem. The vehicle offers flexible passenger seating capacity across the flat floor, improving comfort and creating more standing space.

The bus also includes wrap-around exterior and interior displays, adaptable lighting, a transparent roof and a suite of digital features. Arrival’s software ecosystem enables full connectivity, digital personalization and in-depth access to vehicle behavior and data.

The UK-based startup plans to manufacture all of its products in rapidly scalable and highly automated local micro-factories, where multitasking robots will do most of the manufacturing work. Since setting up a micro-factory costs far less than a traditional assembly plant and employs far fewer people, Arrival says this method should result in products that are significantly cheaper than other vehicles. comparable electric and even today’s diesel-powered vehicles.

That remains to be seen as Arrival has yet to announce pricing for its products and hasn’t even started production. The company began testing the bus at a UK test facility in late 2021 and was due to start public road testing at UK transport operator First Bus in the first quarter of 2022.

Production of the arrival bus is expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.

Margie D. Carlisle