Hitachi Europe, part of Hitachi, Ltd and Arrival, the Banbury-based company aiming to build electric vehicles using decentralised microfactories around the world, 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. The 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.
Maidenhead-based Hitachi Europe will also enable data collection from the many sensors within the Arrival Bus to further optimise customer operations as part of the relationship.
Mike Nugent, Head of EV, at Hitachi Europe, said: “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.
“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.”
Hamish Phillips, Head of Sales, UK at Arrival, added: “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 using the company’s radical new method of design and production which uses in-house developed hardware, software and robotics enables production in decentralised microfactories which can be deployed around the world to service demand, hiring local talent, using 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 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.