Dyson will build its first electric auto in Singapore

Andrew Cummings
October 24, 2018

The company revealed its intention to build electric cars previous year, joining the growing list of auto firms moving towards EVs.

Dyson, which you now know from making vacuum cleaners, will build its new electric vehicle in Singapore.

Once the plant is completed, Rowan added that Dyson's first electric auto will roll off the production line in 2021.

"The decision of where to make our vehicle is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions", Dyson chief executive Jim Rowan said in a statement.

Dyson, the British company best known for innovative vacuum cleaners, says it will build its electric auto in Singapore.

The factory where the cars will be built in Singapore is due to be completed in 2020, keeping the company on track for its scheduled 2021 automotive launch.

In the future, the Dyson name will also be associated with electric cars.

Rowan added that Dyson's existing footprint in Singapore, combined with Singapore's significant advanced manufacturing expertise, made it a frontrunner.

The company already has production facilities in Malaysia and Singapore.

Dyson CEO Jim Rowan also said that Singapore offers them access to big markets, highly skilled workforce and an extensive supply chain.

"When I met Sir James Dyson last month, he told me that our expertise in advanced manufacturing, global and regional connectivity, and the quality of our research scientists and engineers, all influenced Dyson's decision", said the prime minister. However, it has been pointed out that Singapore already has lucrative trade agreements with China and a pending deal with the European Union that the United Kingdom, needless to say, does not.

James Dyson told reporters a year ago that his ambition to go it alone was driven by the auto industry's dismissal of an idea he had of applying his cyclonic technology that revolutionised vacuum cleaners to handle diesel emissions in vehicle exhaust systems in the 1990s.

Dyson employs more than 12,000 people across the world, including 4,800 in Britain.

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