Arrival and First Bus confirm the start of zero-emission bus trials
Arrival, UK electrical vehicle maker announced trails of its zero-emission Bus with First Bus, one of the UK’s largest transport operators. The trials will begin this Autumn, which will see Arrival buses navigating existing First Bus routes in the UK. The new partnership comes just seven months after First Bus announced their commitment to purchase no diesel buses after 2022 and to operate an entirely zero-emission fleet by 2035.
First Bus already plays a leading role in low or zero-emission vehicles, with electric buses in Leeds, Glasgow, the country’s biggest electric Park&Ride fleet in York and a 99 strong fleet of biomethane buses in Bristol. Last month, the company also introduced the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker fleet in Aberdeen. Arrival unveiled its electric bus last June. Arrival says the bus offers a new and improved public transportation experience for all users – from the drivers and passengers to the engineers, cleaners and fleet owners. How the vehicle has been designed and developed should reduce operating costs for operators, making the transition to electric vehicles more economically viable. The initial trial vehicle configurations will combine familiar requirements and new innovative features, which will be activated throughout the trial and made possible by Arrival’s smart connected hardware and end-to-end fleet management solutions.
The single-deck Arrival Bus features a single front door with a passenger seating capacity of 36 across the entire flat floor, allowing greater accessibility and more usable standing space and ability for passengers to travel more comfortably. Equipped with up to 310.8 kWh of energy storage capacity, with the option of both an AC and DC charge. The Arrival Bus has been developed to not only have common suspension front and rear, but standard wheels and tyres – estimating the bus to be up to 40% lighter than other battery-electric buses in the market today.
Arrival’s vertically integrated approach allows it to develop innovation at a pace without the constraints of waiting for technology progression in the supply chain.
“As leaders in sustainable mobility, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Arrival, helping us bring some of the most innovative zero emission vehicles on the market, onto the UK’s streets for our customers and partners. We’re proud to be the first operator in the UK to trial Arrival’s electric buses and look forward to working together to accelerate the transition to zero emissions in our sector. Their ground-breaking technology is also expected to allow for improved customer service, and we’re looking forward to seeing how customers react to the new buses when they’re trialled later this year.”
Said Janette Bell, Managing Director of First Bus
“Today is an important day in the transition to a more sustainable, user focused transportation ecosystem and we are thrilled to be partnering with First Bus on this trial and for people to experience the Arrival Bus on public roads, Cities around the world are pledging their commitment to a zero- emission transportation future and Arrival is providing them with the ideal product to help them achieve that in the Arrival Bus. We are working in partnership with operators and cities globally to support improvements to public transportation networks whilst creating vehicles that can be tailored to local needs.”
Said Avinash Rugoobur, President of Arrival.