A little dispute has swept the press that talks of a disagreement between Honda and yet-to-turn electric carmaker Dyson. The latter says they had proposed to use parts of Honda’s factory in Swindon. The Japanese politely declined.
The story bases on a letter sent by Dyson to a local MP in Wiltshire, that spoke of making the most of the unused parts in Honda’s local factory. However, Honda sees things differently and stated, “We are aware of a letter between Dyson and James Gray MP, the contents of which are factually incorrect.”
To stick with the facts, Honda has announced that it will close its Swindon factory in 2021 to the dismay of 3,500 local employees. On the part of Dyson, the company has already committed to building its planned electric vehicles in Singapore. Plus, it recently moved its global headquarters to the island city-state reportedly. Dyson’s CEO Jim Rowan Rowan said that the move “allows us to make sure we will be putting our best efforts to secure those opportunities, as well as keeping an eye on those investments, especially EV (electric vehicles) and batteries.” The company insists that Britain’s Brexit woes do not influence the move to Singapore.
Also, the company asserts that most of the product development will remain in the southwest of England. At the end of August last year, Dyson announced its intention to build a test site for its future electric cars on Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire. Overall, Dyson plans to create space for up to 2,000 employees on the new campus in the foreseeable future. Dyson hopes its plant in Singapore will become operational in 2020 and intends to launch its first electric vehicle in 2021.
Meanwhile, Honda is gearing up to deploy the Honda e. The small electric car can currently be reserved in the UK, France, Norway and Germany reportedly with sales to commence in 2020.