Dyson might swap suction for traction if it reveals its electric car plans

British electronics firm Dyson might be about to announce an electric car, potentially seeing the company famed for its vacuum cleaners create vehicles to take on the likes of Tesla. 

The rumour mill around Dyson’s involvement in electrical vehicles has been churning for years, given the company has plenty of expertise in electrical motors and founder James Dyson is a keen inventor, but instead the company has focused on bladeless hand dryers and fans.

But Dyson is apparently poised to reveal it has been working on an electrical vehicle. according to the Daily Mail‘s sources, with Dyson having reportedly snapped up engineering talent from the likes of Tesla and Aston Martin.

Dyson himself has been cagey about his company’s involvement in electric cars, but the inventor has yet to deny that Dyson could be working on an electric  car or at least an electric motor designed to power consumer vehicles.

Making cars is not small task; it requires an extensive supply chain, factories, parts partnerships, and all manner of regulation hurdles to overcome. While Dyson no doubt has a fair bit of expertise in supply chain management and producing safe electrical goods, to move into the car world would still be a big step.

One thing that’s fairly likely is that Dyson is working on a form of solid state battery, likely for use in a form of electric vehicle, as it when the battery patents belonging to Sakti3, a company owned by Dyson, the latter said they were obsolete and that the patents are being superseded by better technology. As such, it doesn’t take a leap of the imagination to guess that Dyson is potentially working on electrical battery that could be fitted into cars.

Speculation of car batteries being worked on in Dyson was spurred by a government document addressing the funding of Dyson’s work to “develop a new battery electric vehicle”. However, the government documents were later altered to note that all Dyson is apparently doing is working on unspecific battery technology. Time could soon tell if these rumours have some grounding in projects Dyson is working on or if they have been based of titbits of information and speculation.

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