Arrival, a global electric vehicle company, today announced plans to establish its first U.S. Microfactory in York County. The $46 million investment into the region will create 240 new jobs.
Arrival works with cities around the world to create zero-emission mobility solutions for today’s transportation challenges. The company’s South Carolina 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, hence the name “Microfactory.” The Microfactory design is key to Arrival’s approach to bringing down the cost of electric vehicles to accelerate mass adoption.
Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the company’s new operations will initially focus on building electric buses with Arrival’s vertically integrated approach to vehicle production, which utilizes the company’s in-house developed components, materials, and software. Materials for the electronic vehicles will be sourced from surrounding regions through a localized supply chain, which will also help to reduce the environmental impact.
Arrival is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021, with the start of production in Q4 2021.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.