Dyson picks Singapore over United Kingdom to build EVs

Daniel Fowler
October 24, 2018

The company announced back in September of 2017 that it was planning to get into the electric auto business, and today Dyson gave the world a peek at how it's going to make that happen with the announcement of a new facility for making electric vehicles in Singapore, scheduled to open in 2021.

The company, best known for its vacuum cleaners and other domestic appliances, revealed a year ago that it has been working on developing an electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity as governments worldwide drive forward plans to gradually phase out polluting petrol and diesel cars.

Dyson announced his decision to launch electric cars previous year - a sector in which the company will face stiff competition from established players.

British tech company Dyson announced on Tuesday its plans to build an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Singapore, as part of its plans to expand into automotive.

Dyson already employs around 1100 people in Singapore, where it makes electric motors. "Singapore also offers access to high-growth markets as well as an extensive supply chain and a highly-skilled workforce", Rowan said.

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In August of this year it announced the opening of an electric auto test center at one of its existing sites in the UK.

"Our RDD teams at both the Singapore Technology Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Centre have developed world-leading knowledge and represent Dyson at its best", Rowan said.

Rowan also highlighted the availability of engineering talent in Singapore, in spite of its "comparatively high cost base".

"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.

James Dyson told reporters previous year 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.

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