Dyson's Singapore plant is expected to open in 2020.
The British vacuum cleaner company has announced that it will build an automotive factory in Singapore, where it will assemble its first electric vehicle.
Carmakers are stepping up investment in electric vehicles in response to ever-tightening emissions restrictions and penalties on the use of internal combustion engines, with some countries already promising outright bans.
Slated to complete in 2020, the two-storey advanced automotive manufacturing plant was part of Dyson's £2.5 billion (US$3.25 billion) global investment in new technology.
Dyson is looking to exploit his company's expertise in solid-state battery technology and electric motors that are found in his innovative vacuum cleaners and other products, such as bladeless fans and air purifiers.
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One of Britain's most successful engineering companies, it already employs 1,100 people in Singapore, where it makes digital electric motors.
In an email to staff today, Jim Rowan, Dyson CEO, said the decision of where to make a auto is "complex, based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions" in a crowded marketplace.
Dyson has made a decision to manufacture its new electric cars in Singapore, ending hopes for a site in Britain.
Chief executive Jim Rowan said to staff in a memo that it had chosen Singapore "based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions".
Dyson will manufacture its electric cars in Singapore.
For years it was rumoured that Sir James Dyson's inventive mind was mulling over how he could adapt his novel consumer technology for use in the vehicle industry. "I was also delighted to hear that his company is working with our schools to inspire and mentor future generations of Singaporean engineers".