Sir James Dyson has chosen Singapore as the home of Dyson’s new electric car plant, with plans to start car production by 2021.
The company, which is best known for vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, has been rapidly boosting its electric car ambitions as of late, with the news of a test track being built in Wiltshire, and the employment of over 300 new workers for the project.
The decision to not choose the UK has faced some criticism, due to the fact that Sir James Dyson is a high-profile supporter of Brexit. The company has defended his stance however, explaining that the reason behind the move to Singapore wasn’t financial.
In a memo to staff, Dyson chief executive Jim Rowan said, “The decision of where to make our car is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions.”
As Dyson doesn’t currently manufacture any of its products in the UK, it’s not the biggest surprise that they’ve decided to take production overseas.
The company is planning to invest £2 billion into the project, most of which will go into the Singapore plant.