Arrival, the UK-based sustainable mobility start-up has joined the International Transport Forum’s (ITF) Corporate Partnership Board. Arrival will bring their expertise to ITF work on the decarbonisation of transport and sustainability, as well as innovation more generally.
Founded in 2015, Arrival is developing commercial electric vehicles using in-house developed technologies, scalable platforms and its pioneering flexible Microfactories. This approach allows cost-effective production of many different vehicle types including light vans and large buses. Arrival’s new method of design and production makes the cost of its electric vehicles comparable to fossil fuel equivalents, which it anticipates will accelerate the mass adoption of electric mobility.
Arrival is headquartered in the UK and employs around 1500 people globally. In 2020 LinkedIn named Arrival the number one Startup to work for in the UK. The company will start production in Q4 2021 and already has orders from delivery company UPS for 10 000 vehicles, with the option for 10 000 more.
The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation with 62 member countries that facilitates global dialogue for better transport. It acts as a think tank for member governments and organises an Annual Summit of transport ministers. The Corporate Partnership Board is the ITF’s platform for engaging with the private sector and enriching global transport policy discussion with a business perspective.
Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the ITF said: “Reducing emissions is at the core of achieving the international community’s climate goals. We are delighted to have Arrival join our Corporate Partnership Board and contribute to our Decarbonising Transport initiative with their bold, innovative thinking.”
Avinash Rugoobur, Arrival’s President said: “Arrival is focused on accelerating the transition to zero emission transportation globally through our best-in-class electric vehicles. Using our decentralised approach to vehicle production we can tailor production to different market needs to further the adoption of EVs globally. Our partnership with the ITF will further enable this goal by engaging with policy makers to ensure the right infrastructure and legislation is in place to support our efforts.”
The members of the ITF Corporate Partnership Board are: AB InBev, Airbus, Arrival, Alstom, Aramco, Bird, Bosch, ExxonMobil, Iberdrola, Incheon International Airport, Kakaomobility, Kyyti, Michelin, NXP, PTV Group, Penta Security, RATP Group, Shell, Siemens, SNCF, SPEA Engineering, Total, Toyota, Uber, Valeo, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Waymo.