Enel X tests Arrival e-bus to see if it fits global portfolio


British electric vehicle developer Arrival has teamed up with Enel X to test its battery-electric bus in Italy. They will carry out the tests at the Vallelunga circuit. If successful, Arrival will become part of Enel X’s portfolio for public transport providers.

Enel X, therefore, signs responsible for testing based on an analysis matrix developed in-house. The success of these tests will be “a key building block for Enel to include the Arrival Bus within its portfolio,” so the company.

Enel X targets to serve more than 20,000 electric buses by 2030 and claims to be the world’s largest supplier of e-bus solutions outside China. The company operates over 3,200 electric buses and says its solution is modular and customisable. Different business models include leasing options, complete end-to-end turnkey service, financing options, battery leasing (“Battery as a Service”), and of course, charging infrastructure solutions provided by Enel X Way.

“Arrival Buses look very promising,” says Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X. “If integrated within our value offer, (they) can potentially provide operators and end-users with the best possible customer experience.”

Established in 2015, Arrival is relatively new to the scene and first entered the market with electric vans on the back of a significant order from UPS.

The company’s electric bus presented in 2020 “aims to set new standards in passenger experience while reducing costs for operators,” says Avinash Rugoobur, President of Arrival.

Arrival uses local micro-factories and utilises low-cost materials, simpler assembly processes, and, above all, smaller and lighter batteries said to decrease vehicle costs significantly.

This May, they achieved a key milestone of certification. They received European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EUWVTA), marking a critical step towards Arrival Buses carrying passengers on public roads in the UK and Europe, so Enel X.

Already in the UK, First Bus is reportedly testing the Arrival EVs.

In June 2021, the company also scored its first major deal in the US. The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) chose Arrival to replace Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) buses with Arrival’s battery-electric buses worth $2Mn.

Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL) is a joint-stock company governed by Luxembourg law.


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