Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dyson gets ready to clean up with a new electric car

James Dyson. Photo: PA
James Dyson. Photo: PA

Erich Zann

James Dyson, the billionaire inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has announced that his company is building a "radical" all-electric car for launch in 2020, with a commitment to spend £2bn (€2.3bn) on solid-state battery technology and vehicle design.

Dyson revealed that a 400-strong team of engineers had already spent two and-a-half years working on the secret project in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, developing the batteries that will power the in-house-designed electric motor.

He said on Tuesday that he had not yet decided where the vehicle would be manufactured, although he has ruled out working with any of the existing auto companies.

"At the moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product," he wrote in an email to staff.

"Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source.

"So I wanted you to hear it directly from me: Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020.

"The project will grow quickly from here but at this stage we will not release any information. Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential.

"It has remained my ambition to find a solution to the global problem of air pollution. I believe that electrically powered vehicles will solve the vehicle-pollution problem."

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