Dyson's electric car takes shape
Dyson's electric car may have a long wheelbase, an interior cabin with reclining seats and an aerodynamic design, according to patents awarded to the UK-based company known for high-tech vacuums, hair dryers and air purifiers.
In an email to staff, founder James Dyson said the patents don't reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do, but they do "provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps" the company is weighing.
The patents indicate Dyson is mulling a vehicle with larger wheels to improve efficiency. Dyson's email also hinted at a car with a low center of gravity to improve handling.
Dyson first disclosed plans to build an electric car in 2017, saying it would invest 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) on the vehicle and accompanying batteries. Last year, the company said it would build a facility in Singapore to develop the car it hopes to introduce by 2021.
The patents were filed about 18 months ago and made public on Wednesday. In his email to staff, Dyson said that testing of the car would ramp up next month and that more than 500 people are working on the project.