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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uber and the electric vehicle startup Arrival are teaming up to develop an "affordable, purpose-built" EV for the ride-hailing industry that Arrival hopes to bring into production in late 2023, the companies said.

Why it matters: Making ride-hailing electric is important from a climate standpoint, given the mileage the vehicles travel and signs that ride-hailing replaces some walking, biking and mass transit use.

What's next: Arrival said it will collaborate with Uber drivers in the design process to ensure the vehicle "reflects the needs of professional drivers and their passengers," with a final design expected later this year.

  • The vehicle won't be exclusive to Uber, as The Verge notes.
  • The Verge also looks at what it means for U.K.-based Arrival, whose investors include UPS and BlackRock.
  • It notes it's "another vote of confidence" in the startup that recently went public via a SPAC deal, and also has backing from Hyundai and Kia.

Go deeper: Uber vows big expansion of electric rides

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden, top automakers aim for 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House on Thursday is unveiling draft mandates and aspirational targets aimed at drastically cutting vehicle carbon emissions and accelerating the shift to electric models.

Why it matters: Transportation is the largest source of U.S. emissions.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
7 mins ago - Health

Health care workers hit new breaking point

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The ranks of health care workers are dwindling and stretching what it means to be reaching their "breaking points," particularly at small nonprofit hospitals.

The big picture: Even as Omicron cases have begun to wane in some places, many hospitals are still fielding a crush of patients amid record employee callouts.

Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID, delaying defamation trial

Sarah Palin. Photo: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, delaying the start of her defamation trial against the New York Times.

Why it matters: The trial will be closely watched, as it's a rare instance of a major media company defending its editorial practices before an American jury.