Arrival announced that it has produced the first production verification vehicle from its Bicester Microfactory. Arrival produced the first van in a Microfactory using in-house technologies, including composite materials, autonomous mobile robots, in-house components, and a software-defined factory.
The milestone is a big stepping stone toward at-scale production and delivering vehicles to its customers.
“Today is an important day for Arrival. This is the first time a vehicle has ever been built in our Microfactory, using a new method that does not use a traditional assembly line. Although we have not yet achieved serial production, we are focused on making it happen. We will continue to produce vehicles in our Microfactory in order to master at-scale production,” said Denis Sverdlov, Founder and CEO of Arrival. “It has been more difficult than we had initially imagined, and I thank the team for the immense amount of effort, technology, innovative breakthroughs, and problem-solving.”
The Arrival Vans produced this year in the company’s first Microfactory in Bicester, UK, will be used for continued testing, validation, and quality control, rather than being sold to customers.