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Britain-based Arrival Builds First U.S. Factory in Rock Hill, South Carolina

10/13/2020
Britain-based Arrival, a global electric vehicle company, plans to establish its first U.S. Microfactory in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The $46 million investment in York County is expected to create 240 new jobs.

The company's new operations will utilize a new cell-based assembly method to produce vehicles rather than a traditional automotive production line, allowing the production of any vehicle from Arrival’s portfolio. With this model, Arrival occupies a smaller footprint. The Microfactory design is key to Arrival’s approach to bringing down the cost of EVs to accelerate mass adoption.

Materials for the EVs will be sourced from surrounding regions through a localized supply chain, which will reduce environmental impact. Arrival is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021, with production starting by the fourth quarter of 2021.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

"Our new Microfactory in South Carolina is the beginning of a paradigm shift in the EV space. We're thankful for the great work at the state and local levels that lead us to South Carolina, and we are excited to be able to partner with York County to deliver our vision for commercial electric vehicles while investing in the lives of the community members that support Arrival, said Arrival CEO of North America Mike Ableson.

“We couldn’t be happier that Arrival has decided to build zero-emissions EVs right here in South Carolina. It speaks volumes to our business-friendly climate and well-trained workforce, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come,” Governor Henry McMaster said.

Founded in 2015 and based in London, England, Arrival works with cities around the world to create zero-emission mobility solutions for today's transportation challenges.

“We are excited to see Arrival choose York County as the location for their first manufacturing operations location in the United States. On behalf of the York County Council, we welcome this international electric vehicle manufacturer to the region. We look forward to future partnerships, quality jobs and seeing this innovative company thrive in our community. Congratulations Arrival, we are glad you are here,” said York County Council Chairman Michael Johnson.

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