The new Dyson car will be built in Singapore, not the UK, CEO Jim Rowan has announced to staff. Construction will begin in December and the new factory is planned for completion in 2020.
The Dyson electric vehicle is scheduled for launch in 2021.
Explaining the decision not to make the Dyson car in the UK, Rowan said it was “based on supply chains, access to markets and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions”.
Singapore has a high cost base but “a highly skilled workforce” and “great technology expertise and focus.
“It is therefore the right place to make high quality technology laded machines, and the right place to make our electric vehicle.”
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Dyson has had a base in Singapore for more than a decade and today employs over 1,100 people there. To date, it has made more than 50 million high-speed digital electric motors in Singapore.
The firm stressed the UK still remains a key part of its plans to build the first Dyson car, though. A £200 million investment is transforming its “state-of-the-art” hangars at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire (pictured above). The project involves new buildings and testing facilities at the campus.
UK headcount has swelled 2.5 times over the past five years, to 4,800 people. 400 people are already employed at Hullavington, which is near to Dyson’s Malmesbury campus, where over 4,000 people work.
“This decision is good news for the exceptional teams we have in both the UK and Singapore,” said Rowan.
The Dyson car project, in which around £2 billion is rumoured to be committed, “is a fast-moving, exciting, and pivotal project for Dyson,” he added.