Dyson reveals plans for 10-mile test track for electric vehicles

- Leadership - Aug 30, 2018

The British home appliance manufacturer known for its vacuum cleaners, Dyson, announced its plans to enter the electric vehicle (EV) market in September 2017.

The firm has now revealed plans to build a 10-mile test track at the Hullavington airfield in Wiltshire, UK.

The company, which claimed to have been working on its EV project a couple of years prior to announcing the news, acquired the airfield two years ago.

Dyson has renovated two hangers at the site already, the BBC reported, in order to meet its goal of releasing its EV by 2021.

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The firm intends to have the vehicle ready for road testing by 2020, aiming to be able to sell the EV the following year.

The manufacturer has invested £84mn (US$109.3mn) on the redevelopment project, with the coming stages expected to bring the total to £200mn ($260.2mn).

Dyson employs approximately 400 members of staff at the 517-acre Hullavington airfield.

Once three additional buildings have been renovated, the site will have a further 15,000sqm of space for testing EVs.

“We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organisation,” stated Jim Rowan, CEO of Dyson, the BBC claims.

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