Dyson: an electric car still very mysterious

The publication of the first patents brought some bits of information about the electric car project that led the British manufacturer Dyson.

A sizeable seven-seater crossover that emphasizes the comfort of use. Here is how we can try to briefly describe the Dyson electric car project from the very first patents that have just been made public.

The British firm specializing in household appliances, and especially vacuum cleaners, announced plans to build an electric car by the end of 2017. Design and engineering will be 100% “made by Dyson.”

Based on the patent specifications, the Dyson car combines the characteristics of an SUV and sedan, with a raised interior but a roofline and a low center of gravity.

To achieve this combination, the seats will be much more inclined than the current SUV. Side dimensions, it is close to five meters long Range Rover but with a longer wheelbase.

Tesla and Range Rover in focus

The other feature highlighted in the Dyson patents is the wheels that will be large, presumably 24 inches, but narrow.

 They would reduce rolling resistance while providing higher inertia, beneficial to braking energy recovery. Dyson also puts forward aerodynamic drag reduction, better grip on slippery surfaces and aquaplaning.

Answering questions from Autocar and the  Financial Times, James Dyson confirmed that the body of the vehicle will be aluminum and that a contract had already been concluded with a manufacturer for the supply of tires.

For the rest, no information was provided on the motor and battery part. Dyson has confirmed that it is working on two robust state battery technologies, including the young Sakti3 which it acquired in 2015.

But there is still no indication that such batteries are ready for commercialization of the Dyson car announced for 2021. As for the price of this electric car, the allusions made by James Dyson to Tesla and Range Rover suggest a high-end positioning.