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Revealed: Details and design plans for Dyson's new electric car

Published 13 May 2019

Newly-released patents have provided a glimpse into the development of the Dyson electric car.

Pencilled in for launch in 2021, Dyson's EV could use a crossover design and feature a solid-state battery that will charge faster and last longer than lithium-ion units.

News that the company - arguably most widely-known for reinventing the design of the vacuum cleaner - is planning to design, build and sell an electric car broke back in 2017

>>> Volkswagen unveils £26,000 all-electric hatchback

The patents show a seven-seater crossover bodystyle and elevated driving position, with a vehicle height of between 1600mm and 1800mm. The car also measures between 4700mm and 5000mm in length and will be 'well suited to travel over rough terrain', according to the patent.

Dyson Car 2

Former Aston Martin chief engineer Ian Minards, who joined Dyson in September 2016 as vice president, has led the work. No official details have been supplied about how the car will be powered, but Dyson has said in the past that it's researching two different types of solid-state battery which will be smaller and more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries that are traditionally used in electric vehicles.   

Patents and updates for the car were published in a memo to Dyson staff in which billionaire founder, James Dyson, called on employees to keep the plans a secret. Dyson said that the car would contain "fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps".

Development work on the Dyson electric car is being carried out at the firm's new automotive research facility at Hullavington Airfield, near Swindon. All manufacturing and production for the finished car, however, will take place at Dyson's new global HQ in Singapore.

Comments

Senexdriver    6 days ago

Let’s hope that the new type of battery will be the breakthrough that electric cars need. Once the battery issue was resolved with mobile phones they progressed in leaps and bounds and look where they are now. (Yeah, I know - flippin’ everywhere)

   6 days ago

Sounds like a good car but if it doesn’t work well people will just say that it sucks.... and being produced in Singapore is a great place for a crossover!

Petegeoff    6 days ago

Sounds like a good car but if it doesn’t work well people will just say that it sucks.... and being produced in Singapore is a great place for a crossover!

How long did it take to think those up?

Anthony Rice    6 days ago

That Dyson has turned his back on this country as far as production is concerned, as far as I am concerned he can keep his car . I would not buy it on principle.

mmmmm    5 days ago

That Dyson has turned his back on this country as far as production is concerned, as far as I am concerned he can keep his car . I would not buy it on principle.

Have you taken the minor trouble to find out why he has done this?.

Petegeoff    6 days ago

If his cars are as overpriced as his other products only the well off would be able to afford them.

Hugh Brazier    5 days ago

Pricing will be the key factor. Tesla (and Dyson) would perhaps do better in UK with reduced pricings .Particularly if they take future heed of vehicle expert strip-downs where they have found fundamental build flaws i.e rear structures with excess welding /contractional parts. Elevating overall build costs etc

Motor and battery design/efficiencies are also changing at a tremendous rate and we consumers are waiting to join in the EV revolution ..Once cost and battery efficiencies make EV's more attractive alternatives to hybrids and internal combustion.

Many will of course wait to buy used 2nd hand + EV's unless as I suspect UK Government forces this change upon us more rapidly in its usual draconian styles using false/over exaggerated eco matters as the …..driver !

mmmmm    5 days ago

Pricing will be the key factor. Tesla (and Dyson) would perhaps do better in UK with reduced pricings .Particularly if they take future heed of vehicle expert strip-downs where they have found fundamental build flaws i.e rear structures with excess welding /contractional parts. Elevating overall build costs etc Motor and battery design/efficiencies are also changing at a tremendous rate and we consumers are waiting to join in the EV revolution ..Once cost and battery efficiencies make EV's more attractive alternatives to hybrids and internal combustion. Many will of course wait to buy used 2nd hand + EV's unless as I suspect UK Government forces this change upon us more rapidly in its usual draconian styles using false/over exaggerated eco matters as the …..driver !

Do you expect Dyson to fund the project, adhere to the very many rules and regs, set up manufacturing facilities, employ the workforce, do the R&D etc and take nothing in return?

Edited by Avant on 17/05/2019 at 18:06

Marcus T.    5 days ago

The majority of people I know and work with have never had a new or nearly new car in their life. They will often only spend less than £5k on their family transport. EV's will have to get massively cheaper for them to become commonplace outside of major cities, especially out here in the sticks.

   3 days ago

These electric cars people are getting so hyped up about seem somewhat of a hollow promise. It is simple really. All vehicles must have a solar panel on the roof and they should be made water proof so that washing the car is a doddle. Then the solar panel would provide all the energy power the car will ever need so no petrol is necessary. The solar panel .will charge the battery all the time and the battery will power the car and all the necessary electric equipments and indeed the transmission will be powered by the constantly charged battery which may even be of 36 volts instead of 12 volts as the current cars tend to have now. I cannot see any problem for the big manfacturers to produce electric cars with a built in solar panel on the roof underneath a very strong shatterproof glass may be which will remove any global warming problems..

magicthighs303    3 days ago

Maybe you cannot see any problems with your statement because you didn't learn much maths or science at school.

The roof of the car would have to be the size of 8 football pitches to harvest enough solar energy to drive even 20 miles per day.

S91S91    22 hours ago

Should be made in swindon..... car factory avalable for rent....

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