The design formula for most EVs typically takes only familiar silhouettes that receive a powertrain overhaul from ICEs to zero-emissions systems. Maybe a few futuristic embellishments here and there like additional LED lighting and electrochromic glazing, to name a few. However, what we want to see come true are models like the Arrival ANT.
Instead of a fixed-function architecture, Benjamin Miller and Mingwei Liu approach it as a modular concept. This is a versatile system that mixes and matches parts depending on the task at hand. Think of it as something like LEGO bricks that you can interconnect with other pieces.
The folks behind ANT Arrival are considering it for use in cities like London. Other urban areas with different sized roads will benefit from the capabilities of this electric vehicle. Its design suggests commercial and industrial use. Nevertheless, it can also serve as a passenger vehicle, but with limited seating space. There appears to be a narrow and wide platform of varying lengths.
Next are the add-ons that can universally attach to any of the available body types. Among those that we can glean from the images are a driver’s cabin, a passenger cabin, a pickup bed and storage containers. The front wheels of the Arrival ANT are fixed while the steering system is assigned to the rear as on certain heavy machines.
To give operators and drivers a 360 degree view of their surroundings, a transparent panel covers the cab frame. Meanwhile, its wheel placement still ensures top-notch stability. In some images, the Arrival ANT can even transform into a mobile food truck or cafe, complete with attachments like a crane arm to help lift heavy loads.
images courtesy of Benjamin Miller/Mingwei Liu