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Dyson gears up for EV production with new facility and dedicated test tracks

Dyson's new EV development facility will house thousands of staff
Dyson's new EV development facility will house thousands of staff
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Dyson has restored old WWII hangars as part of its new EV development facility
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Dyson has restored old WWII hangars as part of its new EV development facility
A look inside Dyson's new EV development facility
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A look inside Dyson's new EV development facility
The redevelopment was designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Chris Wilkinson
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The redevelopment was designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Chris Wilkinson
Dyson has restored old WWII hangars as part of its new EV development facility
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Dyson has restored old WWII hangars as part of its new EV development facility
Meeting area inside Dyson's new EV development facility
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Meeting area inside Dyson's new EV development facility
Dyson's new EV development facility will house thousands of staff
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Dyson's new EV development facility will house thousands of staff
Dyson's plans for a dedicated EV center call for miles of dedicated test tracks
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Dyson's plans for a dedicated EV center call for miles of dedicated test tracks
Dyson founder, James Dyson
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Dyson founder, James Dyson
Dyson founder, James Dyson
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Dyson founder, James Dyson

Dyson is doubling down on its plans for an electric vehicle, with a £200-million (US$260-million) redevelopment of a World War 2 hangar for use as a technology facility in the UK. The new center will house hundreds of members of its burgeoning automotive team, with plans to construct miles of dedicated test track to put their creations through their paces.

Best known for its excellent vacuum cleaners, Dyson announced its plans to develop an electric vehicle in September last year. It is looking to put its expertise in designing powerful motors, fans and batteries to use building zero emissions vehicles, with 2020 flagged as the year its first electric car will roll off the production line.

The company has set up a base for its EV operations at the Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, UK, and has now announced plans for a massive overhaul of the premises. The redevelopment was designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Chris Wilkinson and involved the conversion of the old hangars into a state-of-the-art engineering hub.

That began with a restoration of two existing hangars on site, with three more buildings slated for construction over the next few months. Some 400 automotive staffers are already at work in the facility, though the expansion will provide enough space for more than 2,000, along with a cafe and recreational spaces.

Dyson's plans for a dedicated EV center call for miles of dedicated test tracks
Dyson's plans for a dedicated EV center call for miles of dedicated test tracks

The plans also describe more than 10 miles (16 km) of dedicated testing track to verify and develop the vehicle technologies. This would include different specialized sections for testing handling, maneuverability, maximum speed, off road ability, and hilly sections to see how the cars handle slopes.

"Our growing automotive team is now working from Dyson's state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield," says Jim Rowan, Dyson, CEO. "It will quickly become a world-class vehicle testing campus where we hope to invest £200m, creating more high-skilled jobs for Britain. We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organization."

Source: Dyson

3 comments
Don Duncan
I read "...strengthening our credentials..." as convincing govt. to grant tax breaks and raising capital for a highly risky but politically correct "green venture". All they need is the battery. The platform has been invented, build, tested, i.e., the Aptera. I still don't like their chances, but I admire the goal of a practical BEV.
GregVoevodsky
Too Little too late. Tesla is going to have lots of competition in a year or two from Chinese Companies as well as Porsche and others.
EUbrainwashing
When the product is possible to sell to the public without endless tax subsidies then I will believe. Between times it is all "pie in the sky'.
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