Dyson to build an electric auto by 2020

  • Dyson to build an electric auto by 2020

Dyson to build an electric auto by 2020

DYSON, best known for pricey vacuums and outlandish appliances, is no stranger to innovation, which goes some way to explain its latest venture - an electric vehicle. The team is already over 400 strong, and we are recruiting aggressively. Sir James Dyson says it will be "radically different" from current models and will go on sale in 2020. The Dyson company bought a solid state battery developer in Chicago called Sahkti in 2015. The project was announced via Twitter that the company's founder James Dyson.

"It has remained my ambition to find solutions to the global problem of air pollution". Some 25 years back, Dyson, in an attempt to help keep air clean, developed an exhaust filter for diesel engines.

The latest digital motors and energy storage systems power the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and cord-free vacuum line. "I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem".

Given the auto will be developed in England for the right-hand drive market, it is possible the vehicle will also make it Down Under and join offerings from current EV manufacturers such as Tesla, Nissan and BMW. "We finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product".

Earlier this year Dyson also hired Tesla communications executive Ricardo Reyes, fuelling a resurgence in speculation around the British company's development of an electric vehicle.

Dyson CEO Max Conze told Fortune magazine previous year the company was focused on developing solid state batteries, the reason it bought Sakti3. "Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source".

A real innovation would be new lithium-ion battery chemistry that reduces the need for nickel and cobalt.

"If Dyson wants to play with the big boys, it may have to pull off a similar trick".

The UK government has already provided £16m ($20m) for the project, and has launched a competition to build a major battery manufacturing plant that could be used for the Dyson technology.