EV startup Arrival to refocus business on electric vans for the US market

In 2018, fledgling EV maker Arrival partnered with UPS to build a new generation of electric delivery vans, beginning with a pilot fleet of 35 vehicles, for use in both the US and Europe. The company quickly expanded its scope from there, working on plans for an electrified bus, an EV rideshare vehicle for Uber and an $11.5 million battery plant. However, on Thursday the company abruptly announced that it has decided to shutter its bus and automotive projects to instead “refocus its resources on the US market while further advancing its enabling technologies.”

In a press release Thursday, the company stated that “scaling production in the Bicester [UK] microfactory requires significant further investment in hard tooling and working capital and the Company has determined that the benefits of such an investment would be best directed to the US market.” As such, the company will restructure and focus its efforts on the Van and the underlying tech that makes it run.

Arrival cites the US EV tax credit as a major influence on its decision, noting that the Inflation Reduction Act is, “expected to offer between $7,500 to $40,000 for commercial vehicles, [a] large addressable market size, and substantially better

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2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 reservations closed

Reservation slots for the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 are gone. As is the case with just about every vehicle that can be reserved, regardless of cost, there weren’t enough slots to satisfy the initial rush. Carscoops noticed the situation first, getting confirmation from GMC that the only avenue remaining for now is to get on a waitlist. GMC’s page for the Sierra EV affirms the same, declaring “Reservations are currently full” for the Denali Edition 1. Doing so meant putting down a $100 refundable deposit, a nominal sum that anyone could back out of, but we know by now that market conditions mean between reservation holders and the waitlist there are plenty who will conclude the transaction. Duncan Aldred, head of GMC and Buick, said so himself, telling Automotive News“It’s pretty amazing. A few years ago, when we were planning Hummer, the amount of vehicles sold over $100,000 in the entire industry was not that many. Now, that has radically changed in the last three years. There’s been a rapid increase in vehicle prices and there’s been an even quicker rise at the top end. We expect to sell out really quite quickly.”

The Sierra EV

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Rajasthan SDRF officer shares experience with Force Gurkha

Force Motors launched the Force Gurkha BS6 in the market last year. It competes with Mahindra Thar which is currently a very popular 4×4 SUV among buyers. Like Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha also has a large fan base across the country. It is a rugged off-road SUV and we have seen several examples of modified Gurkha from different parts of the country. Many state government departments have also bought Force Gurkha and Rajasthan’s State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has also inducted this SUV into the force. Here we have a video where an SDRF officer is explaining what make the Gurkha a good SUV for their job.

The video has been uploaded by Manmohan Seju on their YouTube channel. In this video, the officer from the SDRF talks about the Force Gurkha which was inducted into the force 5 months ago. The SUV as we all know is extremely capable and comes with a 4×4 low and high ratio transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. The officer mentions that it is good vehicle for their job as most of the time, they have to reach places where a normal MUV or a 2WD SUV cannot normally reach.

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