NAVYA confirms site for new Michigan autonomous shuttle plant

NAVYA, the French developer of driverless, automated electric vehicles, this week announced that its new plant will be located in the city of Saline, Michigan.

In a joint announcement with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and business accelerator Ann Arbor SPARK, NAVYA confirmed the location of its new autonomous vehicle assembly plant, which will measure more than 20,000 sq. ft.

NAVYA plans to build around 25 of its fully autonomous shuttles at the facility this year, to serve its growing North American market. The company already has a global fleet of 45 autonomous vehicles, which have transported more than 170,000 passengers to date.

“We at NAVYA could not be more pleased to call Saline, Michigan home to our first assembly plant in North America,” said NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet.

“As the greater Ann Arbor area continues to establish itself as a hub for autonomous vehicle development, we feel it’s the perfect location for us.

“Strong government and community support for mobility initiatives combined with an excellent talent pool provide the ideal environment for our expansion in North America.”

MEDC vice president Trevor Pawl said: “Michigan is at the forefront of mobility and autonomous vehicle development, and NAVYA’s decision to establish its first U.S. facility in Saline further solidifies our leadership position in that space.

“We applaud NAVYA’s commitment to Michigan and look forward to working with the company as it continues to develop advanced mobility vehicles and technologies.”