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Dyson to build new electric car in Singapore

The UK firm, founded by Brexit supporter Sir James Dyson, has chosen Singapore for its planned electric car production facility.

Dyson says its planned electric car will be built at a new manufacturing facility in Singapore and not in Britain.

The UK technology firm, founded by the Brexit-supporting entrepreneur and inventor Sir James Dyson, said its decision reflected the international nature of its business, including its supply chain despite high operating costs.

Its statement made no mention of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Chief executive Jim Rowan confirmed the location of the factory just over a year after Dyson, best-known for its bag-less vacuum cleaners, announced its £2bn plan to build an electric car.

Dyson’s founder is the Brexit-supporting inventor Sir James Dyson

It promised to be a tough challenge; taking on the production might of the world’s established car manufacturers at a time when the wider UK automotive sector is gripped by fear over the potential impact of Brexit.

Lib Dem leader and former business secretary Sir Vince Cable took aim at Dyson’s decision to choose Singapore.

He said: “It’s strange Brexiteer James Dyson has so little faith in the prospect of the UK leaving the EU that he is manufacturing his electric cars in Asia.

“It’s not as if Singapore is even a low cost location, but this is a sign of the spectre that Brexit has cast over the UK’s business environment.”

Dyson currently employs 1,100 people in Singapore where it already makes electric motors.

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