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Dyson to Test EVs at World War II Air Base

Dyson, which specializes in vacuum cleaners, gears up for electric car testing and hopes to establish itself as a global research and development organization.

BBC News reports that Dyson plans to build a 10-mile test track at a World War II airbase in Hullavington, Wiltshire.

The company will use the track to test its new electric cars. It is part of the company’s plan to introduce a “radical” electric car in 2021.

The site opened as a Royal Air Force (RAF) training station in 1937. It functioned as a flight school and base for about 1,000 aircraft during World War II.

Eventually, Dyson chief executive officer Jim Rowan expects Hullavington to become a “world-class vehicle testing campus.”

“We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organization,” he added.

Dyson bought the air base two years ago and has already spent £84 million two renovate hangars at two locations. The next phase of the development will increase the investment figure to £200 million.

The testing space currently employs 400 automotive staff. Dyson plans to add three more buildings to the ground in the next few months.

However, there is an air of mystery revolving around Dyson’s new electric vehicle. There is no prototype ready yet and the company has not announced any details either.

Dyson chairman James Dyson told GQ magazine that the car is “quite radical” and may not even look like a conventional vehicle.

There’s no update on where Dyson will build the electric car, but we do know that it is aimed at the upper-end market.

Dyson specializes in making vacuum cleaners and electrical appliances and made its 100 millionth machine last year. It is based in Malmesbury, which is close to Hullavington.

The company has more 12,000 employees, which includes 4,500 engineers and scientists. It has also set up a training institute for technology and engineering students in Malmesbury.

News source: BBC News

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