Plans for the company's first electric car are really starting to take off.
Dyson just announced it will invest $260 million into a new research and development center for electric vehicles in Wiltshire, UK. Dyson announced last year that it intends to launch a three-car strong lineup of EV’s by 2021.
“Our growing automotive team is now working from Dyson’s state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield,” said company CEO Jim Rowan. “It will quickly become a world-class vehicle testing campus where we hope to invest £200m, creating more high-skilled jobs for Britain. We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organization.”
The center will focus on developing new technologies in the realm of solid state battery cells, high-speed electric motors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Like everything else automotive in England, the new center will be based around a former World War Two airbase called Hullavington Airfield.
Joining the technology center will be a massive vehicle dynamics testing track which will likely include a handling track, an off-road portion, various grades, washboard surfaces, and a myriad of other torture tests that automotive engineers put their creations through.
Dyson has already sunk $109 million into the purchase of the site, while phase two will see another $150 million put up for the construction of the test track. Already, 400 people from the automotive team have moved into the new facility which will eventually be capable of employing more than 2,000 people. The company is actively recruiting to fill 300 more positions as of now.