Dyson has announced it will be investing £550m in a site to test electric vehicles.
The facility at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire will include test tracks for handling, rural and off-road courses, a skid pan and “high-speed runway” for cars travelling above 100mph.
Dyson bought the site in 2017 and so far the company has spent nearly £85m restoring hangars for design and research work with “a clear automotive focus for the future”.
“Phase two alone will cost Dyson £200m,” said the company.
Jim Rowan, Dyson’s CEO, said: “Our growing automotive team is now working from Dyson’s state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield. It will quickly become a world-class vehicle testing campus where we anticipate investing £550m, creating even more high-skilled jobs for Britain.”
Plans for the site include office space with room for more than 2,000 people, a sports centre, café and visitor centre. So far 400 members of the automotive team have moved onto the site.
Dyson has released no further details about its rival to Tesla, but company founder James Dyson told GQ: “This car really matters to me. It really matters to all of us here. It’s a big deal. We want to get it right.
“In 2020 we’ll launch it and actually sell it in 2020 or 2021.”
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