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Arrival to grow autonomous vehicle business with new HQ

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Electric vehicle company Arrival has expanded into 50,000 sq ft of office space in West London to create its official UK headquarters.

The company has increased its occupation of the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) office in Kensington Village by 45,000 sq ft. Arrival, which makes commercial electric vehicles at the same cost as petrol and diesel equivalents, had previously let a 5,000 sq ft space at the office holding.

According to the company its unique approach means vehicles are made in a new way – light, modular and efficient, resulting in cost of ownership savings of 50%. Arrival’s truck is capable of being multiple vehicle variants as well as a platform for integrating autonomous vehicle technology.

The company, which currently has trials underway with DHL, UPS, Royal Mail and John Lewis Partnership, will continue to construct its vehicles at its base in Banbury but will use the increased space at Kensington Village for its R&D activities. Arrival’s workforce is made up of experts from across engineering, software, AI and robotics.

Avinash Rugoobur, chief of strategy at Arrival, said: “Over the past few years our operations have increased dramatically and we are excited to expand our footprint in Kensington Village to allow them to grow even more.”

Jessica Berney, SREF fund manager, said: “Arrival is an innovative and revolutionary company which is helping to transform the motoring industry. We expect Arrival to grow further as demand for electric vehicles continues to grow.”