Dyson announces plans for electric vehicle

Dyson announces plans for electric vehicle

But Dyson said his company did not have enough money to build its own charging network as well as the cars and the batteries.

Dyson said on 26 September that he has given the green light to £2bn ($2.68bn) of investment into the project, and that the company has already been "recruiting aggressively".

While rumours of a Dyson auto have swirled for years, the biggest piece of evidence came in early 2016 when a National Infrastructure Delivery Plan claimed that the United Kingdom government was funding the development of a "new battery electric vehicle", however the associated document was later amended to remove all references to electric vehicles. "Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched in 2020". In a statement, James Dyson said he's committed to investing £2 billion ($2.68 billion, directly converted) on the project.

Soon after, the document was altered to say: "The Government is providing a grant of up to £16m to Dyson to support research and development for battery technology at their site in Malmesbury".

Dyson hired Aston Martin's former director of purchasing, David Wyer, to become its head of procurement in August. The largest market for the new electric cars will be in "the Far East" and this argues for putting the manufacturing facilities there too, he added.

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If you haven't noticed, it's 2017, which means we're looking at a three-year wait before the Dyson EV hits the road.

Last year, the United Kingdom government said in a report it was helping to fund a new battery electric vehicle at the firm, which will secure $297 million of investment in the area and create over 500 jobs. "We plan to recruit an extra 3,000 engineers and scientists by 2020 and are working with more than 40 universities globally".

It is understood that a designer from Tesla has also been wooed to Dyson.

The entrepreneur finishes by quoting a statistic that almost 9,500 people die each year in London from long-term exposure to air pollution, and that's the motivation driving Dyson's development of its own EV.

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