Mention the brand name Dyson to anyone on the street and they’ll likely recall that it as the purveyor and manufacturer of some of the world’s most powerful vacuum cleaners such as their potent V10 cordless vacuum, and, of late, hair styling devices like their recently launched AirWrap and even bladeless fans. Now, they’ve embarked on their most impressive venture yet as they are going to establish an electric car production plant in Singapore with the plant to open in 2020 and its first electric vehicle to roll off the production lines in 2021.
Dyson will invest about £2.5 billion, which is about RM13,509,206,625 on establishing this advanced automotive manufacturing facility. According to Dyson, the sum is a global investment figure, of which £1bn is being invested into new battery technology, £1bn into the vehicle itself, and £0.5bn on other Dyson technologies.
The creation of an electric car is the next logical step for the global company who has cut their teeth on creating some of the world’s most powerful high-speed electric motors and batteries which see service in many of their existing products. With the drive towards a more ecologically aware society, the creation of an electric car could not have come at a better time.
Singapore’s position as a technologically advanced nation with superb logistics also make it an ideal location to establish Dyson’s first electric car production plant. “The decision of where to make our car is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions,” said Jim Rowan, Dyson’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted to let you know that the Dyson Board has now decided that our first automotive manufacturing facility will be in Singapore. We will begin construction in December and it will be completed in 2020, meeting our project timeline.”
Currently, Dyson has facilities in Malaysia that play a central role in R&D as well as manufacturing dubbed Advanced Manufacturing Centres where they conduct extensive testing and intensive research to create new Dyson products and applications for Dyson’s extensive array of existing technologies. In Singapore, Dyson currently has a campus dedicated to manufacturing their advanced high-speed digital motors as well as additional R&D facilities devoted towards researching future technologies in synergy with the Malaysia facility.
“Dyson is truly global in its development, delivery and realization of technology. This decision is good news for the exceptional teams we have in both the UK and Singapore. It is a fast-moving, exciting, and pivotal project for Dyson,” added Rowan. The location of the plant has not been established yet or how the specifications of their electric car but we’ll keep you posted.