Global Electric Vehicle Company Arrival establishes Battery Module Microfactory in Charlotte
Cory Burkarth
ARRIVAL Microfactory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 6, 2021) – Arrival, a British-based global electric vehicle company, announced Monday it will establish a high voltage battery module assembly plant, adding 150 new jobs and investing $11.5 million in its new facility off Yorkmont Road.

Arrival, founded in 2015 and based in London, England, manufactures electric buses and vans, employing more than 1,200 people in 8 different countries around the world. Since 2020, Arrival has made significant investments in Charlotte and the surrounding region, establishing its U.S. headquarters in South End, an electric van assembly microfactory in Charlotte, and an electric bus assembly microfactory in Rock Hill, S.C.

This new plant will assemble Arrival’s proprietary battery modules that can be used in all of Arrival’s vehicles and offers customizability for customers to configure battery requirements according to their specific needs. The plant will employ 150 people, and most roles will serve as operators who assemble the battery modules. The average wage for all employees is $54,700.

“By bringing the assembly of our proprietary High Voltage Battery Modules in house, we’re striving to be as vertically integrated as possible. This will enable us to have even greater control over the functionality and cost of our products and pass those cost savings on to the customer while also working toward our goal of zero waste production,” said Mike Ableson, CEO of Arrival Automotive. “We’re excited to add another facility in Charlotte, as we prepare to open our new North American Headquarters building just down the road and continue to work in tandem with the City to develop solutions for their electrification and sustainability goals. This is a big milestone for Arrival as we ramp up operations in the region in advance of production starting in Rock Hill in Q2 next year.”

Since announcing that it would establish its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte one year ago, Arrival has forged a strong partnership with the City of Charlotte and stakeholders in the energy sector including Duke Energy.

“We are thrilled that Arrival is bringing more jobs and investment to Charlotte’s west side,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “This announcement further builds on our working partnership and I look forward to achieving lasting results in our shared goal to create a greener city.”

“Arrival’s announcement exemplifies the success that companies experience when they come to Charlotte,” said Tracy Dodson, Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director for the City of Charlotte. “The company’s growth is a testament to the talent we have and commitment to corporate partnerships that enables businesses to thrive here in Charlotte.”

Charlotte continues to be an attractive place for business relocation and expansion. In the last two years, companies such as Centene, Robinhood, and Credit Karma have announced new jobs and investment within the City of Charlotte creating new career opportunities in health care, customer service, finance, and technology.

This project was a collaborative effort among the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Community College System. The company received an incentives award from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the State of North Carolina.