Global electric vehicle company Arrival is investing $46 million in its first U.S. facility in York County. The new operations, located in Rock Hill, are expected to create 240 jobs.
Founded in 2015 and based in London, Arrival works with cities around the world to develop zero-emission mobility solutions. The S.C. facility will feature a cell-based assembly method instead of a traditional automotive production line, allowing for the production of any Arrival vehicle and a smaller footprint known as a microfactory that helps lower manufacturing costs.
Materials for the electric vehicles will be sourced from surrounding regions through a locally sourced supply chain, according to a news release.
“Our new Microfactory in South Carolina is the beginning of a paradigm shift in the EV space,” Mike Ableson, Arrival CEO of North America, said in the release. “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.”
Operations are slated to be online in the second quarter of 2021, with production beginning by the fourth quarter.
“The automotive industry continues to be a major job creator in our state’s economy, and today’s announcement is another sign of that,” S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “Arrival’s decision to locate new operations in South Carolina builds on our international reputation for being a place where businesses can succeed.”o