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Arrival Locates North American Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina

12/10/2020
Electric vehicle maker Arrival is establishing its North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company plans to add roughly 150 new employees and invest approximately $3 million.

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 help transform cities into better, more sustainable places to live.

“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. This partnership 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, ” said Mike Ableson, Arrival CEO of Arrival Automotive.

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 fleets 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.

Arrival also announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Charlotte, which sets out the company’s intention to work with the City on achieving the goals set out in its Strategic Energy Action Plan. Arrival believes its transformative approach can provide cities with the solutions they need to create sustainable urban environments and exceptional experiences for their citizens.

“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 production 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.”

Founded in 2015, Arrival has developed a new method of designing and producing zero-emission vehicles using its proprietary hardware, vertically-integrated technology and comparatively low cost Microfactories. The company is developing 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.

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