Patent suggests Dyson's first EV will be a Tesla Model X rival

Andrew Cummings
May 12, 2019

The report suggests that the auto will feature a "long wheelbase" and large wheels to improve its efficiency and a lower centre of gravity to improve handling. The side profile shows a three-row vehicle that has lower-slung crossover proportions - or a slightly more rakish Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan without the sliding doors.

The patent filings are the first clue to what the "radically different" vehicle pledged by British inventor Sir James Dyson might look like.

The email, which was also sent to employees, describes a vehicle with features that Dyson says would be suitable for both urban and off-road driving. The patents were filed 18 months ago but only published this week.

The 2bn auto project is expected to be the first in a planned range of Dyson electric vehicles designed use solid state batteries rather than the current industry standard liquid lithium-ion cells.

Demand for all-electric or hybrid cars rose 12 per cent during April compared to the same period past year, totaling 10,254 vehicle sales, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

THE FIRST details of Dyson's first electric vehicle have emerged, as the vacuum cleaner-maker looks to take on the likes of Tesla. However, he said patents were needed as the auto would "include fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps".

Advances will come in the aerodynamics, efficiency and vehicle architecture - how the auto is laid out - Sir James said.

However, testing of the new cars are expected to take place at their campus Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire.

The company is thought to be investing around £2.5 billion ($4.7 billion) to develop its first electric auto, and will use battery and motor technology derived from Dyson's existing product range.

Patents filed describe a vehicle that will have a 330 cm wheelbase, though with 4-6 cm more ground clearance and 25 cm lower overall height compared to the British luxury SUV.

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