Sorry, Britain: Vacuum Tycoon Decides to Build Dyson EVs in Singapore

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
sorry britain vacuum tycoon decides to build dyson evs in singapore

British vacuum magnate James Dyson has decided to construct his company’s planned electric vehicles in Singapore, rather than his home country. The choice prompted a mild uproar in the UK, as Dyson was a major proponent of Brexit.

However, he’s also still a businessman. China currently buys more EVs than any other nation on the planet, a fact that’s unlikely to change any time soon, and it’s typically more affordable to manufacture there than risking importation. This is especially true of automobiles. Officially, Dyson has said his business’ “center of gravity” has begun shifting toward Asia, accounting for nearly three quarters of the company’s revenue growth last year.

C’est la vie, as the British say.

Honestly, it seems like a lot of companies have seen their center of gravity move Eastward of late. Tesla is taking the necessary steps to build its first Chinese factory in Shanghai and just about every other automaker hopes to convince the nation’s population to buy its cars by setting up shop within its borders. This is not an isolated phenomenon, nor exclusive to EVs.

While still a slap in the face for the United Kingdom, it’s not all bad. Dyson Ltd announced a $150-million investment into its Hullavington Technology Campus, which used to be an abandoned RAF airfield before the company purchased it in 2017, in August. That facility will house some of the firm’s 400 British-based engineers, a testing facility, and track while it continues development.

Meanwhile, Singapore, which has a free trade agreement with China, will handle manufacturing, allowing Dyson to remain close to its battery supply chain. Bloomberg reports that the company plans to finish construction on its first EV factory in 2020, with the planned launch of its first model taking place a year later.

“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,” Dyson CEO Jim Rowan said.

Dyson’s electric car development remains shrouded in secrecy, with the company promising something radically different when launch time arrives. While some suggest the company has managed to tap into solid-state battery technology, those claims seem incredibly optimistic.

[Image: Eva Rinaldi/ Flickr ( CC BY-SA 2.0)]

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  • Ceipower Ceipower on Oct 24, 2018

    Products with the Dyson Name seem to always be more about Hype than performance, how this clown is a millionaire says a lot about the world we live in.

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