Dyson to launch Tesla-rivalling electric vehicle by 2020

Is Dyson about to take on Tesla in an electric car war?

Dyson may be set to reveal its own electric car

The Government, which says all cars must have an electric element by 2040 has also funded Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at its headquarters.

Speculation has mounted over the years that Dyson was indeed working on a vehicle. Now the company is headed in a new direction: building an electric vehicle.

That said, when the company acquired Sakti3 in 2015, Dyson suggested that the United States was under consideration as a manufacturing location for batteries based on Sakti3's technology. The company produces much of its products in factories in Malaysia to take advantage of lower labour costs and shorter supply chains for parts, but it may prefer to build its first vehicles closer to home.

The as-yet-unnamed auto is going to be developed at Dyson headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, and considering it's such a stretch from the products that Dyson now makes, the company is going to have to do some serious expanding.

Half of that investment will go directly towards the vehicle's creation while the remaining £1 billion will fund battery technology that could be adapted for a variety of uses. But at the moment, there's no way to tell how well Dyson's technology will carry over into automotive applications.

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In keeping with the company's eco friendly attitude, the hope is that this project will help address the problem of air pollution - something that Dyson has been committed to for decades, according to an email he sent out to employees today. "The latest digital motors and energy storage systems power the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and cord-free vacuum line", Dyson points out.

The company now has a team of more than 400 people working on the project, including Dyson's own engineers and "talented individuals from the automotive industry".

The entry was quickly changed and Dyson declined to comment at the time in a sign of the secrecy shrouding the project.

Aston Martin's former product development director Ian Minards made the same move in September a year ago. Rumors of Dyson's interest in electric vehicles have been swirling for years, and the company recently hired executives from both Aston Martin and Tesla.

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