Arrival is establishing its North American headquarters in Charlotte, adding around 150 new employees and investing US$3m in the offices.

Founded in 2015, Arrival has developed a new method of designing and producing zero-emission vehicles using its hardware, vertically-integrated technology and what it says are comparatively low-cost micro-factories.

The company is developing commercial EVs – starting with van and bus models.

Arrival also announced the signing of a MoU with the City of Charlotte, which sets out the company’s intention to work on achieving the goals set out in its Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

Arrival has partnered with public and private organisations, including companies such as Hyundai and UPS, to drive the adoption of electric vehicles.

The company will be hiring for a variety of corporate positions, including human resources, marketing, finance, engineering and administrative professionals.

“[This] announcement is another exciting step for Arrival, as we build on our mission to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Arrival Automotive CEO, Mike Ableson.

“This partnership [with Charlotte] 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. “

In June, 2018, Charlotte passed the Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte by 2050 Resolution, which set community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. It strives to have city fleets and facilities, 100% fuelled by zero-carbon sources by 2030.

In December, 2018, the 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.

The project was a collaborative effort between the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and the City of Charlotte, with support from the North Carolina Governor’s Office and North Carolina Department of Commerce.