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Dyson to make electric cars

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-09-28
Sir James Dyson is to build an electric car.

Dyson says he is putting £2 billion into developing the car which should be on the road in 2020.

“Battery technology is very important to Dyson, electric motors are very important to Dyson, environmental control is very important to us,” says Dyson, “I have been developing these technologies consistently because I could see that one day we could do a car.”

Dyson says he has been looking at the technology since 1998.

He has had 400 engineers working on the car project for two and a half years.

According to Dyson, the motor is already developed but, a spokesman told Electronics Weekly, for competitive reasons no details will be released until close to the vehicle launch.

Motor design is a Dyson speciality, with the company pioneering the use of very high rotational speed (~100,000rpm) in mass-produced motors to increase power/volume ratio.

At the moment the car lacks a design, a chassis, a battery and a manufacturing location.

Apart from saying that the car would not be a sports car, would not be cheap and would not look like any other electric car, Dyson is saying little about the project.

Dyson on clean vehicles

As he revealed the vehicle, Dyson founder James Dyson spoke of his long-term dedication to reducing pollution, including publishing sketches from a notebook, drawn three decades ago, describing an exhaust particulate cleaning system.

In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.

By 1993 we had developed several working prototypes and showed an early iteration to British television programme Blue Peter. The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology.

To our chagrin, nobody at the time was interested in employing our diesel exhaust capture system and we stopped the project. The industry said that ‘disposing’ of the collected soot was too much of a problem! Better to breathe it in?

In the period since, governments around the world have encouraged the adoption of oxymoronically designated ‘clean diesel’ engines through subsidies and grants. Major auto manufacturers have circumvented and duped clean air regulations. As a result, developed and developing cities are full of smog-belching cars, lorries and buses. It is a problem that others are ignoring.

On Dyson’s car announcement, Taavi Madiberk, CEO of Skeleton Technologies, said:

With tech players such as Dyson now entering the electric car market, it is clear that the competition in the sector is reaching new heights and is ripe for disruption. Dyson’s move into this market is set to further ignite an already dynamic sector, resulting in wider adoption and interest in EV and alternatively fuelled vehicles.

With much of the headway already made by Tesla, this rapid surge in electric cars will set new demands for power in the UK and bring concerns over the ability of our national energy infrastructure to support the future peaks. At this point, it is becoming critical that we adopt technology that allows us to smooth over the energy consumption needs that the country is yet to experience.

Government, industry bodies and innovators in the sector must work together to support energy storage technologies that complement the grid, such as ultracapacitor and battery technology. Only by having a stable and reliable energy infrastructure will the country be able to benefit from the exciting electric vehicle technologies that industry innovators such as Dyson will bring.