Dyson – maker of cool fans and vacuum cleaners – is doing an electric car. And this is where said car is going to be developed.
The company’s new campus at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire has already had £85million spent on it, but “Phase Two” of its development will see an extra £200million spent on handling, rural and off-road test tracks, a skid-pan, a high-speed runway and several new buildings. 400 members of its automotive team have already moved in, and when it’s done the site will be able to accommodate 2,000 workers.
In all, Dyson expects to invest a whopping £550million (roughly RM3 billion) in the 750-acre former RAF base, on which it will also build a sports centre, café and visitor centre where Joe Public can learn about its wares.
Information about the eventual Dyson EV(s?) is as scarce now as it was when we first reported on it last year. James Dyson himself told us as competition among manufacturers is so fierce, he’d be doing everything he could to keep the specifics of his new baby confidential. All we know is it’s coming in 2020 or thereabouts. Anything we could tell you would be wanton speculation.
More as we have it. But in the meantime, tell us, what would you like to see from Dyson’s first EV?