September 24, 2021

Next stop at Disneyland: The first electric bus customer to arrive is Anaheim, California

Arrival is a UK-based start-up company preparing to manufacture electric trucks and buses that cost roughly the same as traditional coal-fired models. The company said its first customer for light-duty battery buses is a service operator. Attractions in Anaheim, California.
The city and the Anaheim Transportation Network stated that they will use a federal grant of $2 million to purchase Arrival’s five 40-foot electric vehicles to replace their fleet of LNG installations. These buses will be manufactured in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in Arrival’s first “microfactory”, a small, relatively low-cost production facility that the company can install in existing warehouses.
“We have been actively seeking funding opportunities to ensure that we can achieve our goal of becoming the first electric bus fleet in California by 2025,” said Diana Kotler, CEO of ATN. “This investment brings us closer.
Although Arrival has announced plans to provide thousands of electric delivery vehicles to customers including UPS and LeasePlan, Anaheim’s order was the company’s one year ago The first order for the first high-tech bus. In recent years, under the leadership of Silicon Valley producer Proterra, Canada’s New Flyer, and China’s BYD, the US electric bus market has become increasingly competitive. Arrival said it will have a price advantage because the cost of its buses will be roughly the same as those that run on diesel, natural gas or liquefied natural gas, thanks to a significant weight reduction and smaller, lighter battery packs.
“Arrival buses will change the face of public transportation when they are on the road,” said Mike Ableson, CEO of Arrival Automotive. “The first order we receive from a US transit operator is just the beginning.” The
bus deal came a week after London-based Arrival announced an order for 3,000 electric vans from Amsterdam-based expensiveaservice” company LeasePlan. It is also preparing to build 10,000 vans for the UPS delivery fleet. In May this year, Arrival said that it is also developing a battery-powered small car for use in carpool fleets and that will be tested with Uber. The
ATN network includes Anaheim Resort Transportation, which begins and ends at Disneyland, runs through town, connects Amtrak and regional rail lines, and carries nearly 10 million passengers each year.

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