Arrival to build second US microfactory in North Carolina

Arrival to build second US microfactory in North Carolina

UK e-vehicle developer Arrival has announced its second microfactory in the US, which will be located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2022.

This second microfactory has a different purpose than the first: it will initially manufacture e-transporters for UPS. Arrival's first microfactory in the U.S. will reportedly be located in York County in the state of South Carolina and is expected to produce electric buses starting in Q4 2021.

The second plant is expected to create more than 250 new jobs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, according to Arrival. The company says it is investing $41.2 million, the equivalent of about 34.5 million euros, in the plant at the Meadow Oak Commerce Center near Charlotte International Airport. The microfactory is expected to have a capacity of up to 10,000 vans per year.

The ratio of production capacity to investment is made possible by Arrival's philosophy of vertical integration of hardware and software, which should not only allow the vehicles to compete with internal combustion engines in terms of overall cost, but also make them particularly cheap to build. Another advantage of the microfactories is that they take up very little space.