The vacuum cleaner company has confirmed production plans for its first-ever EV.
We recently learned that renowned vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson intends to build three electric cars, but we didn't know when they will launch or where they will be manufactured – until now. The UK-based company has announced it will build a two-storey factory in Singapore to assemble its upcoming range of electric cars.
In a letter to company employees, chief executive Jim Rowan confirmed construction of the plant will start in December and be completed sometime in 2020. The location was selected due to its "significant advanced manufacturing expertise," access to high-growth markets, and an extensive supply chain.
Once the plant is completed, Rowan added that Dyson's first electric car will roll off the production line in 2021. "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," he said.
Unfortunately, the executive didn't provide any further details about the company's first-ever electric car. Dyson confirmed plans to build an electric car range in September and recently invested $260 million into a new research and development center for EVs at a disused airfield based in Wiltshire, UK. The site will also contain a 10-mile test track allowing Dyson to put its electric cars through their paces.
So far, we know Dyson's first electric car will be a high-end model built using in-house components without the help of other manufacturers and feature some form of autonomous technology. Naturally, it will also feature cutting-edge battery technology, but details remain a mystery for now. It also seems likely that an SUV will form part of Dyson's EV line-up.
While there won't be an electric sports car, James Dyson has suggested one of the models will be capable of reaching speeds of over 100 mph. After all the secrecy and billions of dollars' worth of investment, it will be interesting to see if Dyson can make its mark in the increasingly competitive EV segment.