Global Electric Vehicle Company, Arrival, selects Charlotte for North American Headquarters
Cory Burkarth
Cory.Burkarth@charlottenc.gov
12/9/2020
Arrival announces Charlotte HQ

(December 9, 2020) – The City of Charlotte on Wednesday announced that Arrival, a British-based global electric vehicle company, is establishing its North American headquarters in Charlotte, adding approximately 150 new employees and investing approximately $3 million toward their new offices in South End.

“We are thrilled to welcome Arrival to Charlotte and are excited to partner with them on sustainable initiatives within our community. Their commitment to sustainability falls directly in line with Charlotte’s priority to move towards clean energy,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “And the job opportunities will offer our residents a career where they will learn innovative new skills in a growing industry.”

Founded in 2015, Arrival has developed a new method of designing and producing zero-emission vehicles using its proprietary hardware, vertically-integrated technology and low cost Microfactories. The company will produce commercial EVs - starting with Van and Bus models - at competitive prices to fossil fuel equivalents and substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than comparable EVs.

The company will be hiring a variety of corporate positions, including human resources, marketing, finance, and administrative professionals.

“Today’s announcement is another exciting step for Arrival, as we build on our mission to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. I am personally thrilled to be partnering with the City of Charlotte, as we bring our North American Headquarters to the city, and work in tandem to develop solutions for their electrification and sustainability goals,” said Mike Ableson, Arrival CEO of Arrival Automotive. “Our work together forms a roadmap in how we design a regionally Integrated Transportation Ecosystem that pulls together components like EVs, charging infrastructure and digital mobility services, to enable more cities to achieve their zero-emission goals, connect local communities and future-proof transportation networks.”

Arrival’s mission aligns with the City of Charlotte’s mission to improve sustainability efforts and reduce greenhouse emissions. In June 2018, the City passed the Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte by 2050 Resolution, which set aggressive and aspirational community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for the City of Charlotte. It strives to have city fleet and facilities be 100% fueled by zero-carbon sources by 2030. In December 2018, City Council unanimously adopted the Strategic Energy Action Plan that outlines strategies for clean energy focused on transportation, buildings, energy generation, and workforce development/equity.

At the joint announcement the City of Charlotte and Arrival unveiled a signed MOU that demonstrates their shared vision, guiding principles, values and goals regarding the Strategic Energy Action Plan.

Arrival has partnered with both public and private organizations, including blue-chip companies like Hyundai and UPS, to drive the adoption of electric vehicles.  Its decision to base its headquarters in Charlotte and build a partnership with the city, reinforces its commitment to working with cities around the world to create personalized mobility solutions that transform cities into better, more sustainable places to live.

The project was a collaborative effort between the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, with support from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, and Duke Energy.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Arrival to Charlotte and appreciate their selection of the Charlotte Region for their company’s multi-faceted growth. Their two-pronged investment — microfactory  manufacturing in Rock Hill and North American headquarters in Charlotte — illustrates that our region has diverse offerings to meet the needs of next-generation manufacturing, technology, and headquartered companies,” said CLT Alliance president and CEO, Janet LaBar. “Arrival is bringing foreign direct investment and sustainability and EV expertise, offering opportunity for greater global visibility and mobility solutions in the Charlotte Region — we look forward to building on our partnership with Arrival.”

“Arrival’s selection of Charlotte as the base for its North American operations adds another forward-looking company to our state’s corporate community,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “The vision and values of this pioneering business fit neatly within North Carolina’s economic strategy for the years ahead.”

Charlotte continues to be an attractive place for business relocation and expansion. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, companies such as Arrival, Centene, Chime Solutions, and Retirement Clearinghouse have announced new jobs and investment within the City of Charlotte creating new career opportunities in health care, customer service, finance, and technology.