Hitachi Europe and London-based Arrival, the global company creating electric vehicles (EVs) with its game-changing technologies, have partnered to deliver new bus and infrastructure solutions to the European bus industry.
The non-exclusive partnership combines Hitachi’s digital and operational capabilities with Arrival’s best in class products that are competitive in price with fossil fuel alternatives.
Together, both companies will work with operators to deploy integrated end to end solutions that incorporate all aspects of owning and operating Arrival vehicles; this includes items such as charging infrastructure and digital tools.
The deployment of these solutions not only simplifies the transition to electric but when combined with the lower total cost of ownership that Arrival’s vehicles and technologies provide, creates an extremely compelling finance model that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles for businesses across the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Nordics and the EMEA region.
In addition to providing customers with exceptional economics when transitioning to electric, advanced integrated solutions from Hitachi will also enable data collection from the many sensors within the Arrival Bus to further optimise customer operations as part of the relationship.
“We’re delighted to join forces with Arrival as we become the partner of choice for municipalities and bus operators to deliver end to end and integrated estate wide rollouts of electric vehicles and infrastructure,” said Mike Nugent, Head of EV, at Hitachi Europe. “As governments look to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles in the next decade, providing the wide range of necessary solutions and technologies in an integrated, streamlined and operationally-manageable way will be vital for bus operators and municipalities across Europe.”
“We are pleased to work with Hitachi to bring bus operators yet another way to accelerate their transition to electric, bringing cleaner air to our cities and better experiences to passengers across Europe,” said Hamish Phillips, Head of Sales, UK, at Arrival. “Arrival’s vehicles already provide a much lower total cost of ownership for customers, and when incorporated into Hitachi’s business model we can see an even more compelling business case for companies to transition their fleets to electric more rapidly.”
Arrival’s vehicles represent the next generation of EVs having been developed from the ground up using the company’s radical new method of design and production. This vertically integrated approach using in-house developed hardware, software and robotics enables production in decentralised Microfactories. These Microfactories can be deployed around the world to service demand and supercharge local communities by hiring local talent, utilising local supply chains and paying local taxes.
Ram Ramachander, Chief Commercial Officer for Social Innovation Business, Hitachi Europe said: “Hitachi is creating an ecosystem of partners and solutions across the EV value chain to help our customers navigate the transition to electric mobility. Our partnership with Arrival is another important step in delivering this strategy.”
The two companies share a commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and making cities more sustainable. Hitachi, a climate change innovator, has recently become a Principal Partner for COP26 and is a member of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C.
More information about Hitachi and Bus Fleet Electrification can be found here: https://social-innovation.hitachi.com/portfolio/bus-fleet-electrification-emea
About Hitachi Europe
Hitachi Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is headquartered in Maidenhead, UK. The company is focused on its Social Innovation Business – delivering innovations that answer society’s challenges. Hitachi Europe and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of information & telecommunication systems; rail systems, power and industrial systems; industrial components & equipment; automotive systems, digital media & consumer products and others with operations and research & development laboratories across EMEA. For more information, visit http://www.hitachi.eu
Hitachi is a Principal Partner of COP26, playing a leading role in the efforts to achieve a decarbonized society and become a climate change innovator. Hitachi strives to achieve carbon neutrality at all its business sites by 2030 and to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions across the company’s value chain by 2050. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.
Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL) is reinventing the automotive industry with its entirely new approach to the design and assembly of electric vehicles. Low CapEx, rapidly scalable Microfactories combined with proprietary in-house developed components, materials and software, enable the production of best in class vehicles competitively priced to fossil fuel variants and with a substantially lower total cost of ownership.
This transformative approach provides cities globally with the solutions they need to create sustainable urban environments and exceptional experiences for their citizens.
Arrival is a global business founded in 2015 and headquartered in London, UK and Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, with more than 1,900 global employees located in offices across the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Russia, and Luxembourg. The company is deploying its first four Microfactories in North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA, Bicester, UK and Madrid, Spain.