BlackRock invests $118 million in UK electric van startup Arrival


British electric vehicle startup Arrival said Wednesday it has raised $118 million from U.S. funds manager BlackRock Inc.

Five-year-old Arrival is focused on development of electric commercial vehicles, including vans and buses. It previously had raised $111 million from Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co and sister company Kia Motors Corp., as well as an undisclosed amount from United Parcel Service.

Before the latest funding round, Arrival was valued at $3.3 billion by investor website PitchBook.

Arrival has an order for 10,000 electric delivery vans from UPS, with an option for another 10,000.

It is positioned as a potential rival to U.S. startup Rivian, which is backed by Ford Motor Co. and Amazon, among others, and is building 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon.

BlackRock also is backing Rivian.

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