Carver will assemble its ultra-slim electric city vehicles in the former PostNL building in Leeuwarden. From here, the company wants to make headway in the European market. NOM and the municipality of Leeuwarden played an important role in the search for the right location.
Last April saw the introduction of the electric low-speed Carver. Not much later, mobility company Carver announced that the covered city vehicle with the patented tilting technology will be assembled in Friesland. Meanwhile also the location is known: the old building of PostNL, at the Celciusweg in Leeuwarden. A well-considered choice’, says Anton Rosier, CEO of Carver, ‘It is a representative and energy-efficient building that has everything we need for our assembly activities. A large warehouse, offices, sufficient outdoor space for testing, good accessibility and loading docks for easy loading and unloading.
The arrival of Carver’s assembly plant in Friesland was partly made possible thanks to financing by NOM and FOM. NOM also provided support in the search for the most suitable location, including bringing Carver into contact with the municipality of Leeuwarden and the province of Friesland. We searched intensively for an existing property,” says Reinder de Jong, Foreign Direct Investment manager of NOM.
Carver is a young company that logically does not yet want to invest in real estate, but consciously chooses to rent business space. That was not easy. That is why the process took longer than expected.
Investor Rosier praises the active role played by the municipality of Leeuwarden in facilitating Carver’s wishes. Together with NOM, they found an investor who bought the former PostNL distribution centre and was then willing to rent it to us,” he explains. ‘I found it impressive to see how much time and energy was put into getting our accommodation right’. Early next year the assembly of the electric Carver, a city vehicle that combines the advantages of the car and the scooter, will start in Leeuwarden.
The coming months will be used to build up the production line and install the test equipment. The first vehicles are expected to roll off the production line in the spring. Substantial employment During the start-up phase, Carver in the Frisian capital will offer employment to approximately ten people. Currently, the company is looking for suitable employees, such as production workers, forklift drivers, testers, warehouse workers and office staff. Anyone who thinks they are suitable and would like to work for Carver is welcome to apply,’ says Rosier. I expect the demand for new employees to increase quickly. The ambitions are high. We want to export from Leeuwarden throughout Europe. This means that we will be talking about substantial employment in the near future.