Currently reading: Kia investment in Arrival bears fruit with microfactory van plan
Korean company will use small 1000-capacity sites to create new family of flexible, built-for-purpose vans

Hyundai and Kia investing £100 million into Arrival back in 2020 looks like money down the drain as the British EV firm continues to sink – to the point that it's now threatened with delisting from the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Or is it? At the CES tech show in Las Vegas last week, Kia impressed with a line-up of modular electric vans whose promised construction methods looked very familiar.

The Korean company is proposing that its so-called PBV (for Purpose Built Vehicle) commercial range, due from 2025, can be built globally in microfactories in a way very similar to that proposed by Arrival. 

Kia told Autocar that the intellectual property for the vans and their construction methods rests entirely with Kia itself, with nothing taken from Arrival.

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