Arrival announces ‘micro’ electric delivery truck manufacturing facility in Charlotte

Arrival announces 'micro' electric delivery truck manufacturing facility in Charlotte-micro

In mid-January 2020, it was announced that the transport service provider UPS had received an order for 10.000 electric vans at Arrival. E-vans to roll off the line at Arrivals’ Bicester plant. In addition to the production in Bicester, the intention is to set up a second US microfactory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This “micro” manufacturing facility will produce electric delivery trucks and is expected to create more than 250 new jobs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The microfactory is expected to start production in the third quarter of 2022.

The company benefits from taking a vertically integrated approach. In other words, Arrival uses self-developed hardware and software and combines it with assembly in micro factories. Microfactories have low capital expenditures, take up less space than traditional factories, have the ability to manufacture in significant numbers and can be set up anywhere in the world.

The first “micro” production facility will be located in West Charlotte, North Carolina, near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in the Meadow Oak Commerce Center. Arrival invests about $ 41.2 million in the modern production center, in which up to 10.000 electric vans can be mounted. Much of the Stromer is likely to come into the North American fleet of UPS.

“Our latest Microfactory will produce two different classes of EV vans for our US customers expanding the zero emission options for fleet operators and accelerate the mass introduction of electric vehicles. We are excited to increase our investment as we expand 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 vehicles.—Michael Ableson, CEO, Arrival Automotive

Arrival has stated that it wants to start delivering the van in the first quarter of 2022. Cylindrical battery cells from LG Chem are used here, but the packs are manufactured internally by the start-up. They will offer different battery pack sizes with capacities ranging from 44 kWh to 130 kWh. A specific range estimate has not yet been announced. However, it is assumed that the largest 130 kWh battery option, fully charged and with frequent starts and stops, should enable a range of well over 160 km per battery charge.

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