British-American electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival is to develop a high voltage battery module (HVBM) assembly plant at Charlotte, North Carolina, its US headquarters.

The proposed $11.5 million plant on the city’s west side will create 150 jobs. It will be Arrival’s third facility in Charlotte where it has already established its North American headquarters in South End and its van and bus microfactory on the west side.

Arrival’s proprietary battery modules are designed to be used in all of its platforms, enabling the customer to configure their battery requirements according to their specific needs.

Mike Ableson, CEO of Arrival Automotive says, “By bringing the assembly of our proprietary High Voltage Battery Modules in house, we’re striving to be as vertically integrated as possible. This will enable us to have even greater control over the functionality and cost of our products and pass those cost savings on to the customer while also working toward our goal of zero waste production.

“We’re excited to add another facility in Charlotte, as we prepare to open our new North American Headquarters building just down the road and continue to work in tandem with the city to develop solutions for their electrification and sustainability goals. This is a big milestone for Arrival as we ramp up operations in the region in advance of production starting in Q2 next year.”

Arrival recently announced a collaboration agreement with Li-Cycle, a leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, to create a closed-loop EV battery supply chain in the US and Europe.

Governor Roy Cooper, adds, “North Carolina is leading the way in developing and securing our clean energy future and we’re excited that Arrival Automotive is expanding its electric vehicle operations in Charlotte. Our high-quality workforce and booming clean energy industry will help the company reach the goal of making electric vehicles affordable and accessible for everyone.”

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