Arrival to build its first U.S. electric vehicle Microfactory in York County, South Carolina

Press Release13.10.2020
Victoria Tomlinson
Press Release13.10.2020
Posted by: Victoria Tomlinson
  • Arrival is establishing its first U.S. Microfactory in York County.
  • The $46 million investment will create 240 new jobs.
  • Arrival is an electric vehicle company.
  • The Microfactory will be located in Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Arrival team should visit www.readysc.org/arrival.

13 October 2020, Columbia, S.C, United States

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.
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. 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. Individuals interested in joining the Arrival team should visit the company’s hiring website at www.readysc.org/arrival.
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.
Mike Ableson, Arrival CEO of North America
Arrival’s decision to locate new manufacturing operations in York County is another sign that companies realize South Carolina is a great place for business. Today’s announcement brings $46 million and 240 new jobs to the Palmetto State, and we look forward to this company’s future growth here.
Henry McMaster, Gov.
The automotive industry continues to be a major job creator in our state’s economy, and today’s announcement is another sign of that. Arrival’s decision to locate new operations in South Carolina builds on our international reputation for being a place where businesses can succeed.
Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce
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.
Michael Johnson, York County Council Chairman
On behalf of the Rock Hill City Council, we are pleased to welcome Arrival to our good town. Another successful business offering good paying jobs and choosing to locate in our city is a testament to the ongoing investment in our infrastructure and the hard work and vision of Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation members. This company's presence in Rock Hill will continue to build a world class economy for our All-America City.
John Gettys, Rock Hill Mayor
Arrival’s decision to bring its first U.S. micro factory and manufacturing operations to Rock Hill signals the city and county’s focus on an innovation-led economy is paying off. The intersection of foreign direct investment, sustainability, and smart-city mobility solutions is proof that the region has much to offer to companies looking to grow their business. Congratulations to Rock Hill, York County, and South Carolina Department of Commerce for this win, and welcome Arrival to the Charlotte Region!
Janet LaBar, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance President and CEO

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

About Arrival

Arrival is reinventing the automotive industry with its entirely new approach to the design and assembly of electric vehicles. Low CapEx, rapidly scalable Microfactories combined with proprietary in-house developed components, materials and software, enable the production of best in class vehicles competitively priced to fossil fuel variants and with a substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership.
This transformative approach provides cities globally with the solutions they need to create sustainable urban environments and exceptional experiences for their citizens.
Arrival was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the UK, with over 1,200 global employees located in offices across the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia, and Luxembourg.
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Victoria Tomlinson
Arrival PR Contact
Victoria Tomlinson
, Chief of Communications
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