UK tech firm Dyson is reportedly developing an electric car

UK-based technology firm Dyson is developing an electric vehicle, according to government documents.

The project was accidentally disclosed by the government on Wednesday – it remains unclear whether Dyson actually wanted information to go public yet.

According to The Guardian, the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, published on Wednesday, said:

“The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering,”

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Sir James Dyson, founder of the Dyson company, is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner,

In an interview with The Independent Last year the CEO of Dyson, Max Conze, was asked whether the firm was working on an electric vehicle. He said: “We are ruling nothing out. Like our friends in Cupertino we are also unhealthily obsessive when it comes to taking apart our products to make them better.”

The company recent unveiled plans to pump £1bn in battery technology over the next five years.

In 2015 Dyson acquired Sakti3, the solid-state lithium-ion battery startup, for $90 million. Sir James Dyson said that the startup had “developed a breakthrough in battery technology.”

When asked by The Guardian whether the firm was working on an electric car a spokesperson said: “We never comment on products that are in development.”

The reference which was found in the documents about the Government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan appear to have now been removed.

It may seem like an odd project for Dyson to take on. However, the company has made a significant investment into next-gen battery technology – one of the biggest challenges the electric vehicle sector faces.

About Dyson Ltd

Dyson Ltd is a technology company, based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans, and heaters. The company markets its products in more than 70 countries and employs more than 4,000 people worldwide.

  1. mfiftysomething says

    I bet it sucks

  2. MadMax11 says

    You never know it might clean up?

  3. Guy Forks says

    Bet its yellow with three wheels and has ‘Dyson Boy’ on the side

  4. colin enniskillen says

    Great news we are being poisoned by diesel engines best of luck

  5. Mark says

    Ha ha good news until he takes all the work to India. Like he did before. UK company my a*se.

  6. Angus Marshall says

    Malaysia. His strategy is smart. Keep the high value jobs in the UK (he has hundreds of engineers in the UK using the very best tools available – I know because my company supplies them). Move manufacturing overseas to protect his costs. What would you do, smart a*se?

  7. nigel22 says

    Frankly, once again it goes to show the total incompetence of our civil servants and their total non-understanding and indifference to business.

  8. Adrian Ellis says

    Your argument is ok until he decides to buy his tooling from a cheaper Asian or other supplier then your arrogant comment falls flat on your face. He’s worth so many billions why should public funding be used to increase his personal wealth even further? Muggs like you scrambling for the scraps of greedy business magnates only perpetuate a greed focused society. If he has genuine concerns for creating a clean and cost effective vehicle affordable for all parts of society he would be sharing technology with other companies and developing any concept faster to market. Its just about personal greed and suckers like you fall into the trap over and over again for your scraps.

  9. Mark says

    What would I do? I would have built a co-operative company with no shareholders only its employees and kept the jobs in the UK where they belonged. High value jobs? Every job is a high value job to the person doing it and Dyson made 800 ordinary people lose theirs.

  10. Angus Marshall says

    And thereby you would, I suspect, have gone out of existance and ended up provided no jobs at all (which is exactly why he made the changes he did). There is no effective world class engineering-led organisation of any significance that operates on the model you propose. However if you believe otherwise please do engage with Dyson directly and keep us all appraised on your progress. I applaud what he’s achieved and the decision he took to operate distributed and smart in a globalised world, which protected a really significant and excellent engineering competence in the UK. Good luck to him now if he is about to embark on this toughest of challenges.

  11. Angus Marshall says

    Did you even visit Asia before? Did you go live there? Do you work there? In manufacturing? In engineering? Excuse my “arrogance” if that’s what you see. Make or buy decisions are never simple. Global sourcing of skills and products is an inevitable part of bring a world class manufacturing organisation today, if you want to survive and prosper. I deal with companies that are moving their production from one part of China to another for cost reasons. Or back out of China to Indonesia. So what? This is market economics and inevitable. Switching suppliers from time to time, based on service/product quality, delivery and cost is a necessary thing. Putting your head in the sand and pretending you can or should source everything from the country that just happens to be *your* home is incredibly arrogant. You’re the mug, and the name caller.

    By the way, if you know anything about Dyson and his past, you will know it is highly unlikely he will share any patents / ip. And I don’t blame him for that position at all. Elon shared his at Tesla. Good luck to him too. It’s a different philosophy to help kick-start the industry, which it seems he has done. That’s another great innovative company, achieving excellent design and starting to distribute it’s manufacturing capacity and capability around the world.

  12. Angus Marshall says

    Ha ha ha. Yeah probably. He is famous for function over form, so the bodywork design will be interesting for sure. I’m still not convinced he will actually produce a full car. That’s a really difficult venture. I suspect he is interested in the motors and batteries space (given his recent purchase and their already impressive developments in electric motor performance for their other products). It will be interesting to see if this rumour is true!

  13. Mark says

    Wow I just checked back into this and they removed all the replies about co-ops that I had left for you, even the ones that didn’t have any quotes or website links. I think a couple of yours are missing too Angus. Not happy.

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