Watch out Apple!
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Forget Tesla and Apple, Dyson is set to develop electric car from its HQ in Wiltshire.
The company is using £174m of government funding to produce the vehicle.
According to the Guardian, the government accidentally published documents yesterday which confirmed Dyson’s plans to enter the electric vehicle market.
The plans published by the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan read: “The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering.”
Earlier this week, Dyson announced its plans to invest £1bn in battery technology after it reported a 20% rise in profit.
Max Conze, Dyson’s chief executive, said: “2015 was a year of exceptional growth across Asia and Europe, which proves that people across the world want better technology. 2016 is gearing up to be a transformational one as we launch more exciting and more intelligent proprietary technology.”
According to AA, here are the car models made in Britain
Morgan Motor Company Ltd » (Aero, 4/4, Plus 4, Plus 8, Roadster, 4 seater, 3 wheeler)
Caterham Cars Ltd » (Seven)
Mclaren Automotive » (MP4-12C and P1)
Made in Britain
The following companies build cars in Britain, but are not UK owned.
Honda build the Civic, CRV and Jazz(from autumn 2009) in Swindon.
Toyota build the Auris and Avensis in Derbyshire.
Nissan build the Juke, Qashqai, Note and LEAF in Sunderland.
Lotus in Norfolk are Malaysian owned and build the Elise, EWvora and Exige
Aston Martin in Gaydon, Warwickshire build the DB9, Rapide, Virage, DBS and one-77 and are owned by two Kuwaiti companies – Investment Dar and Adeem Investments.
Jaguar/Land Rover cars (F-type, XJ, XF, XK, Defender, Discovery, Evoque, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport) are built in the West Midlands and Liverpool but owned by Tata Motor Company of India.
MG Motors build the MG3 and MG6 at Longbridge, Birmingham – owned by SAIC of China.
Vauxhall Motors are part of General Motors and build Astras at Ellesmere Port and the Vivaro van in Luton