Dyson formerly invested £85 million into converting two large aircraft hangars into an R&D campus at Hullavington Airfield, a former RAF base, near its Malmesbury HQ in Wiltshire. The work taking place at the campus mostly comprises research into battery technology, although it's likely the batteries themselves will be manufactured in Asia.
Meanwhile, the test track will stretch more than ten miles, and include off-road tracks, slopes and various other challenging surfaces in order to put the car through its paces.
Other companies in the EV space, such as Tesla or traditional car manufacturers such as Mercedes, which recently announced its entry into the EV market, use lithium-ion batteries, similar to those in smartphones and laptops. However, Dyson plans to use solid-state batteries, which are smaller and more efficient. Along with retooling and re-equipping its engineering workspaces, the technology giant is also working on building high-speed motors for use in the cars, and artificial intelligence for autonomous features.
Dyson products, such as this bladeless fan, are a common sight across the UK. (Image: Your Best Digs, Flickr)
Founder James Dyson has previously said the company's first electric car will be available in 2020 and that it will be "different" from other EVs. It's hoped that the car will be the first in a line of models to roll off the production line; the company expects the electric car range to be the company's main source of revenue within a few years of launch, displacing its traditional product range of domestic electric products. Whatever happens, one thing is for sure -- the car should definitely have excellent air conditioning!
In a statement to the press, Dyson CEO Jim Rowan said: "Our growing automotive team is now working from Dyson's state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield. We are now firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project, strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organisation."