Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia have pledged over £85 million to electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Arrival.

Based in London the startup firm is aiming to introduce its battery powered vans to the market in 2021, and the investment from Hyundai and Kia will allow the three firms to pool resources and develop components and platforms.

The co-developed vehicles will be based on Arrival's modular vehicle platform which is not too dissimilar to the 'skateboard' platform developed by fellow startup firm Rivian, which is backed by Ford.

Arrival EV

They will be built in small 'microfactories' rather than large scale facilities like many mainstream manufacturers. It already has a small facility in Banbury, and according to Automotive News Europe, employs around 800 in five countries, including Germany, Russia and Israel.

Arrival's products will be priced on par with comparable combustion-engined machines. They will also come equipped with advanced safety features and will have the potential to be further upgraded with self-driving capabilities.

UPS Arrival electric van

Hyundai and Kia's investment in Arrival isn't the first time they've invested in an EV manufacturer. Last year they invested nearly 70 million in electric supercar manufacturer Rimac.

Arrival said its vehicles will be equipped with advanced driver assist features and will have the ability to be upgraded with self-driving systems. The company previously said it would use BlackBerry tech with its vehicles' safety features.

Prototypes have already hit the road with the likes of DHL, Royal Mail, and UPS sampling Arrival's products.

Gallery: Arrival EV Trucks For Royal Mail