Dyson confirms its electric car manufacturing ambitions

Will Dyson's V10 motor act as inspiration for the Dyson Electric Car?

For years, we’ve heard the rumours about Dyson’s entrance into the car world, and now it’s confirmed. Yep, it’s happening, folks.

Almost every time we’re near a representative of Dyson or one of its friendly scientists, you can bet Pickr is asking a specific question: what can you tell us about the electric car Dyson is supposedly working on?

We asked it recently at the launch of the Dyson AirWrap and were given a polite smile. We’re sure we’ve asked it at a recent Air Multiplier fan briefing, and Pickr’s European correspondent Tristan Rayner definitely made sure to ask it at the launch of the V10 high-speed vacuum cleaner.

It’s not that we need to know about cars, but rather that we’re always keen to see how this technology would play out for Dyson.

Dyson isn’t alone in its four-wheeled ambitions, either. Numerous companies have signalled a move to making vehicles, and these won’t be the last.

However it’s a company that started in vacuums and has expanded to other areas with solutions few would have thought of, so we are intrigued to see how its approach to science and technology could change the automobile sector.

Fortunately, we’re getting closer to seeing what that approach will consist of, as Dyson has confirmed that it is building an automotive manufacturing facility in Singapore, scheduled for completion in 2020.

Dyson's electric car manufacturing plant being built in Singapore
Dyson’s electric car manufacturing plant being built in Singapore

Yes, that’s roughly two years away, and it’s two years away from when the construction facility will be made, not even the cars themselves. However, it’s the first step for Dyson to move beyond the drawing board and over to the real world, with the company announcing that “its electric vehicle is on track for [a] 2021 launch”.

According to Dyson, 400 people are developing the vehicle at Dyson’s Hullavington Airfield campus in the UK, with the Singapore manufacturing facility being used to produce the vehicle when all is said and done.

As to what the car will be like, beyond being told that it’s an electric car made by Dyson, we can’t say. A good estimate would suggest some advanced technologies and solid design, since those are presently big factors already found in Dyson products, so it would seem unlikely to have them go missing here.

But like us, you’ll just have to wait before you can find out what they are, and what that car will look like. The year 2021 doesn’t seem so far if you don’t think about, and we’re sure Dyson will drop a few hints here and there along the way.

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