Arrival announced Wednesday plans to build a new Microfactory in Charlotte, North Carolina. Arrival’s third Microfactory globally, and second in the US, the Charlotte Microfactory will produce Arrival’s electric vans – many of which are headed to UPS as fulfillment of their commitment to purchase up to 10,000 vehicles from Arrival in the USA and Europe.
The new Microfactory will produce two different classes of electric vans for US customers, helping meet the growing demand for light commercial transport.
The Microfactories are significantly smaller than typical factories and can be located much closer to areas of demand, creating a more flexible, localized supply chain that supports Arrival’s goal of a fully vertically integrated model.
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.