Arrival To Build North Carolina Microfactory: Report

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  • Arrival’s “microfactory” in Charlotte will be the startup’s second U.S. plant and is due to launch production in the third quarter of 2022
  • Arrival will invest around $41.2 million in the Charlotte plant

As per a report by Reuters, British electric van and bus startup Arrival said that it will build a new plant in North Carolina and much of its production will go to fulfilling an order from package delivery company UPS for up to 10,000 vehicles. Arrival’s “microfactory” in Charlotte will be the startup’s second U.S. plant and is due to launch production in the third quarter of 2022, said the report. Last October, Arrival announced plans for a plant in South Carolina.

Require lower investments than conventional vehicle factories

The report added that Arrival plans a series of small plants – which it dubs “microfactories” – that will take up far less space and require lower investments than conventional vehicle factories that will not include expensive paint shops or welding equipment. It has a plant in England.

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Arrival will invest around $41.2 million in the Charlotte plant. The report said that it will be able to assemble up to 10,000 electric delivery vans annually and create more than 250 jobs. It will go public later this month via a merger with CIIG Merger Corp, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

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