Arrival will build its second US Microfactory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Microfactory will produce electric delivery vans and is expected to bring more than 250 new jobs to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The Microfactory is expected to begin production by Q3 2022.
Arrival, founded in 2015, with North American Headquarters in Charlotte, is accelerating
the transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles by creating best in class products
that are comparable in price with fossil fuel equivalents, offering a substantially lower Total
Cost of Ownership for operators. The new Microfactory in Charlotte exemplifies this
approach, bringing to the region fully electric Vans that excel across
both payload and cargo volume.
Arrival’s ability to create vehicles with a competitive price point to fossil fuel equivalents
and lower Total Cost of Ownership, stems from their pioneering new method of design
and production. Arrival’s vertically integrated approach uses in-house developed hardware
and software and combines it with assembly in Microfactories. The Microfactories are
low CapEx, have a smaller footprint than conventional factories, have the ability to create
significant unit economics and can be placed all over the world to serve local communities,
bolstering local communities and economies.
The new Microfactory will be located in West Charlotte, North Carolina, near Charlotte
Douglas International Airport, at Meadow Oak Commerce Center. Arrival is investing
approximately $41.2 million in the modern production center that can assemble up to
10,000 electric delivery vans each year. Last fall, Arrival announced it would be opening
a Microfactory facility for its electric buses in Rock Hill, SC and in December 2020,
announced it would establish its North American headquarters in South End, creating
over 650 jobs in the Charlotte region.
“Arrival is excited to expand its presence in Charlotte and we look forward to playing
an even bigger role in contributing to the local community and bringing onboard the
region’s local talent. Our newest Microfactory will be producing two different classes
of EV Vans for our US customers, expanding the zero-emissions options for fleet
operators and accelerating the mass adoption of electric vehicles. We are pleased
to increase our investment as we extend our partnership with the City of Charlotte
and believe we will continue to see strong demand for our vehicles as more operators
transition to electric,” said Michael Ableson, CEO, Arrival Automotive.
Many of the vehicles produced at the Charlotte Microfactory are expected to enter
UPS’s North American fleet as part of its commitment to purchase up to 10,000 vehicles
from Arrival in the US and Europe.
“We’re excited by this significant milestone that will enable UPS to economically deploy
electric vehicles throughout our global operations at an increasing pace,” said Luke
Wake, vice president of maintenance and engineering, UPS Corporate Automotive.
“At UPS, we’re laser focused on finding operational efficiencies. Establishing factories
that can quickly serve both the European and North American markets is a masterful
use of logistics. We can’t wait to see UPS’s new electric vehicles roll out of this factory
as this is also one of many paths UPS is taking to reduce its CO2 emissions.”
In the short few months since Arrival came to Charlotte, the company has forged strong
partnerships with the City and community leaders in clean energy. In December, the
City of Charlotte and Arrival unveiled a signed memorandum of understanding that
demonstrates their shared vision, guiding principles, and goals to improve sustainability
efforts and reduce greenhouse emissions. This MOU builds on the City of Charlotte’s
Strategic Energy Action Plan that outlines strategies for clean energy focused on
transportation, buildings, energy generation, and workforce development/equity.
“We are so excited to see that Arrival is already expanding in Charlotte. Their decision
to locate their Microfactory in West Charlotte will have a major impact on our residents,
bringing new, well-paying career opportunities to the neighborhood, in a high-tech
environment that is rooted in sustainability,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “These are the jobs
of the future and we couldn’t be happier they choose to bring these opportunities
to our residents.”
The project was a collaborative effort between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg
County, North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Department of
Commerce, University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina Community College
System, Duke Energy, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and the Economic
Development Partnership of North Carolina.