British ultra-millionaire James Dyson confirmed the rumors when he announced that he’d be taking his electric motor expertise to the electric vehicle market last year. When he did, the assumption was that he’d be building the cars somewhere in the UK — but that’s not what’s happening. Dyson will be building his electric car in Singapore.

The news was broken last week by Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, who says that Dyson’s upcoming factory is part of a larger, $3.3 billion global investment drive in new EV technology. I’ve included Loong’s original tweet, below.



“When I met Sir James Dyson last month, he told me that our expertise in advanced manufacturing, global and regional connectivity, and the quality of our research scientists and engineers, all influenced Dyson’s decision,” said the Prime Minister. “I was also delighted to hear that his company is working with our schools to inspire and mentor future generations of Singaporean engineers.”

Not everyone is happy with that decision, of course. The British news site Daily Mail, for example, refers to Dyson as someone “who backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, (and) already manufactures products such as hair dryers, air purification systems and bladeless fans in Asia”, rather than– oh, I dunno– a maker of high-end electric appliances and bagless vacuums, for example. So, there’s a bit of crankiness back home, you could say.

Or, I could say. What do you say? Is this a good move for Dyson as they try to get their EV to production by 2021? Or is this just another billionaire investor looking to cash in on low wages and lax labor laws in Asia? Scroll down to the comments section and let us know.


Source | Images: Dyson, via Motorpasion.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.

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