UK startup Arrival’s unique ‘microfactory’ produces its first electric van

Arrival’s first production verification van at its microfactory in southern England. | Image: Arrival

Arrival, an electric vehicle startup based in the UK, announced that its so-called “microfactory” based in southern England has produced its first production verification vehicle. The news comes as the company is reportedly in talks to raise money so it can build and sell its electric vehicles in the US.

The electric van was produced using “in-house technologies, including composite materials, autonomous mobile robots, in-house components and a software defined factory,” the company said. The milestone is proof that Arrival’s microfactory concept, which are highly automated small-footprint facilities where it plans to build its vehicles, is working.

“This is the first time a vehicle has ever been built in our Microfactory, using a new…

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