Dyson confirms electric vehicle manufacturing plans
Dyson confirmed that its electric vehicle is on track for 2021 launch. A team of 400 is developing the vehicle on Dyson’s Campus at Hullavington Airfield, UK. Earlier this year Dyson announced it was in the process of investing £200m in new buildings and testing facilities at the Hullavington Airfield campus.
Dyson also announced that a purpose-built production manufacturing facility in Singapore is confirmed and due for completion in 2020. Jim Rowan, CEO of Dyson, said of the decision to manufacture the new electric vehicle in Singapore, “Our existing footprint and team in Singapore, combined with the nation’s significant advanced manufacturing expertise, made it a frontrunner. Singapore also offers access to high-growth markets as well as an extensive supply chain and a highly skilled workforce. Singapore has a comparatively high cost base, but also great technology expertise and focus. It is therefore the right place to make high quality technology loaded machines, and the right place to make our electric vehicle.”
The company continues to increase investment in its various competing battery programs. The number of engineers and scientists working on Dyson’s solid-state technology has doubled in the past twelve months, and over the past three years, its battery investment has more than doubled.
Dyson is continuing a £2.5bn investment program in long-term technology and now employs 4,450 engineers and scientists around the world.