Expansion in Europe

According to its official press release, Arrival reveals its best-in-class Van has arrived in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We can see the distinctive and innovative van when it visits fifteen European cities between September 2021 and March 2022. Arrival is expanding its presence across Europe. In fact, the Arrival Van will be available in nine countries in four months. The countries include Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, and Sweden.

The fully electric Van excels across cost, payload and cargo volumes range from 10.5 – 18m3 per meter. It will depend on the model height and length. In addition, Arrival vehicles focus on the safety and well-being of drivers and the public. In fact, they make use of advanced technologies including ADAS. For example, they are Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Other technologies to help the driver include digital e-mirrors, a 360-degree surround view and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Who is Arrival?

Arrival was founded in 2015 with a mission to make air clean by replacing all vehicles with affordable electric solutions. The company produce EVs in local Microfactories. Now, they manufacture products that drive zero-emission, more desirable, more sustainable and more equitable than ever before.

Its in-house technologies enable radical new method of design and production using rapidly-scalable, local Microfactories around the world. As a result, this method facilitates cities and governments in achieving their sustainability goals.

What’s more, Arrival can be a technology, product, supply chain, automotive, mobility, Fintech and service company. This is because it focuses on its shared goal of true sustainability and tries every mean available to realize it. Of course, this vertically integrated business model has a huge impact on the society.

In other aspect, Hyundai Motor, South Korean automotive giant, invested in Arriva.

Foundation for innovation

When someone asks you about this question, “Which EV makers do you know?” what are your answers? Probably, the answer would be Tesla, Volkswagen, Renault, Nissan, General Motors and others. These companies other than Tesla have long history in the automotive industry. Thus, they have enough resources such as employees, technology, money and equipment, and experiences to manufacture EVs.

On the other hand, startups to produce EVs are increasing at the same time. In this sense, they can manufacture EVs and must compete with big automotive companies as Arrival does. In Japan, there are many automotive giants including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Matsuda, and Suzuki. However, there is no famous startups to manufacture EVs. In fact, many people are worrying whether they will be able to produce competitive EVs or not.

In general, startup companies are more agile than big companies. This is because they have fewer hierarchical organizational structure and can make a decision quickly. As a result, they are able to realize innovation a lot. In this sense, startups are foundation for innovation, so the number of them can be competitive factor in the country. The UK automotive companies were acquired by other company and Bentley is an example. However, Arrival can be the company to restore in the UK automotive, or in the EV market.