Dyson is planning to open its first automotive manufacturing facility in Singapore, in a bid to bring its electric vehicles to market in 2021.
The British company will open a bespoke two-storey manufacturing facility in 2020, with construction slated to begin in December.
Dyson has had operations in Singapore for 11 years, where it employs 1,100 workers.
The country’s significant advanced manufacturing expertise and access to high-growth markets contributed to the decision to base the facility there, Jim Rowan, the company’s chief executive, wrote in a letter to staff.
The electric car is on track for launch in 2021, he added.
“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.
Dyson first confirmed it was working on an electric car in September last year, announcing a 400-string team of in-house engineers and automotive experts has been created as part of a £2 billion investment in the project.
“I believed that electrically powered cars would solve the vehicle pollution problem. Dyson carried on innovating,” Sir James Dyson told staff at the time.
“At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source.”
The car is expected to be the first in a planned range of Dyson EVs that will use solid state batteries rather than the current industry standard liquid lithium-ion cells. These have potentially greater energy density, meaning greater range for the battery’s size and can be charged far quicker than today’s batteries.
The company has revealed relatively little information to date on the project.