Patents suggest Dyson’s electric vehicle drivers will sit in reclining position

Daniel Fowler
May 12, 2019

The patents for Dyson's first electric vehicle have been made public, providing the first glimpse of the auto that the UK-based company hope will compete with the likes of Tesla. But it's implied Dyson is looking at a vehicle that takes advantage of battery electric packaging and allows for a long wheelbase and generous interior accommodations.

Dyson said the patents were "deliberately light on specifics" but revealed some of the ways in which the firm was trying to improve on current electric vehicles in its £2.5bn development project. The aim is the vehicle is suitable for both "city and rough terrain".

It's been nearly two years since vacuum cleaner giant Dyson announced plans to build electric cars, something founder and chief engineer James Dyson has been hinting at since 2008.

Sir James also highlighted new architecture and aerodynamic improvements, which include a low cabin height and shallow windscreen angle to reduce drag. Last year, the company said it would build a facility in Singapore to develop the auto it hopes to introduce by 2021.

The cars are now expected to launch in 2021, a year behind the original date.

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The auto would contain "fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps" Sir James told staff, meaning it was vital that they "protect it with patents".

Though the auto is set to be built in Singapore, much of the research and development is taking place at the firm's headquarters at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire, where the development team has been quietly beavering away on the EV for almost three years.

"To be clear, at this stage we are not talking about the vehicle we are actually developing, people will have to wait a while longer to see the details", Sir James concluded.

In October a year ago, Dyson made the decision to produce his company's first electric vehicle in Singapore, rather than in its factories in Britain.

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