British vacuum giant Dyson has announced intentions to buoy its EV research and development teams by 300 employees as it moves towards a 2019 release date of its first electric vehicle.

According to the BBC, the 300 positions comprise of unfilled vacancies, which the brand is looking to fill at a second research and development facility, a 750-acre plot at Hullavington Airfield location, a former Royal Air Force base. Another facility, its Malmesbury, U.K., HQ has more than 3,000 engineers, previously supported by a 2016 $344-million (£250M) expansion.

At the moment, Dyson has approximately 400 employees working on the project. In Sept. 2017, the company announced its move into electric vehicles, committing $2.7-billion (£2-billion) after a 2015 acquisition of Sakti3, a battery company, along with $234-million ( £174-million) worth of government funding towards production.

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The company has also met executive drama, forcefully protecting its intellectual property rights in a Nov. 2017 London High Court case alleging former chief executive, Max Conze, of leaking confidential information on its 2020 plans.

Under Conze’s six-year venture, the company more than tripled in the number of staff and more than doubled in annual sales by volume. Another injunction was also aimed at an ex-Dyson employee and Tesla recruits for alleging leaking competitive information.

Most recently, the brand announced three inaugural electric car models by 2020, with its first model substituting its longer-term vision of using solid-state batteries for lithium-ion cells before producing the next two at a higher volume. No details have yet to be released regarding its specifications.

[Source: BBC]