Arrival will sell its planned electric ride-hailing car to private buyers when it arrives late in 2023, the UK-based startup said.
Arrival announced the new car earlier this month, saying that it was also developing the vehicle for Uber Technologies and describing it an "affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing."
Drawings of the proposed car's interior depict a single front seat for the driver with a roomy bench seat for three in the back.
The car won't be a single-purpose vehicle in the mold of the London black cab from LEVC, Arrival chief of product Tom Elvidge told Automotive News Europe in an online interview.
"The typical Uber driver also uses their car for their family, for shopping, in their personal time," he said. "So, to really push very far onto the professional side can be a limiting factor on the personal side," Elvidge said. "We want to strike the right balance."
Arrival's desire to keep the model as car-like as possible allows the company to sell it to private buyers as well. "If others look at the vehicle and deem it the right one for their requirements then so be it. We wouldn't prevent people" [from buying it], Elvidge said.
The car is being developed using data from Uber drivers in a bid to help design features that makes it more useful for ride-hailing.
Uber won't invest in Arrival in the same way UPS has done to help the startup develop a new electric van for the logistics company that is due in 2022.