A British electric vehicle organization is putting down roots in the U.S. and plans to take its new production idea global as demand for new mobility systems develops.
Arrival, which is creating electric vans and buses, declared a week ago that it is building a second microfactory in Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization intends to gather vehicles there for a fleet order from United Parcel Service beginning in the second half of 2022.
President Avinash Rugoobur revealed to CNBC’s Jim Cramer Monday its vertically integrated micro-factories require less space and capital investments than traditional manufacturing facilities.
“We’re partnering with the city of Charlotte to produce a whole transportation ecosystem together,” he said in a “Mad Money” interview. “When you look at the global scale that needs to shift to being electric, we expect to have micro-factories, you know, all around the world.”
Arrival is investing more than $41 million into the facility in Charlotte, where its U.S. headquarters is located.
The organization intends to go public through a blank-check consolidation with Ciig Merger and hopes to recruit more than 250 representatives at the site. That is notwithstanding the 650 jobs it said it would bring to the zone as a feature of the corporate offices it reported in December.
Arrival says it’s on a mission to speed up the transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles. The organization claims a competitive advantage in that it designs its own batteries and different components in-house and composes its own software, Rugoobur said.
“What’s interesting about the microfactory is you can use existing warehouses and turn them into production facilities,” Rugoobur said.
UPS placed an order with Arrival very nearly a year prior for 10,000 Generation 2 Electric Vehicles as part of the shipping giant’s transition to electrify its fleet of delivery vans. The delivery firm took a stake in Arrival simultaneously.
Electric vehicles are relied upon to hit roads over the next four years.