Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

First details of Dyson's plans for electric auto emerge

First details of Dyson's plans for electric auto emerge

Dyson has said that the vehicle will go on sale in a limited number of countries at first, with China likely to be a frontrunner, and would be "entirely designed by Dyson, manufactured by Dyson, and sold by Dyson".

He admitted that drawings in the patents "certainly don't reveal what our vehicle".

In an email sent to all his employers, founder James Dyson said that the electric auto is being kept secret until it is ready to be launched, and that the design "shows an androgynous vehicle and provides a glimpse of some of the inventive steps that we are considering".

The patents show a vehicle with very large wheels, giving a low rolling resistance and high ground clearance. But it's implied Dyson is looking at a vehicle that takes advantage of battery electric packaging and allows for a long wheelbase and generous interior accommodations.

Despite the high ground clearance, the vehicle's overall height would be lower than most SUVs and a larger, thinner battery pack than rivals would help give more space inside. He didn't elaborate on that, but said advances have been made in aerodynamics, efficiency, and vehicle architecture. The vehicle would build on Dyson technology used in its other products, such as its own motor and battery types.

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In an email addressed to all staff, founder Dyson said more than 500 people are working on this project.

In a letter to staff Dyson said the auto will contain "fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps".

In October past year, Dyson made the decision to produce his company's first electric auto in Singapore, rather than in its factories in Britain.

"To be clear, at this stage we are not talking about the auto we are actually developing, people will have to wait a while longer to see the details", Sir James concluded.

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