Dyson electric car plans to be revealed imminently
Dyson is famous for its vacuum cleaners
Dyson’s secret electric car project has received support from the Government and features former Aston Martin employees
Dyson is due to reveal plans for an all-electric car that will be built in Britain and has received support from the UK Government.
The firm, which is headed by Sir James Dyson, is famous for its vortex vacuum cleaner but has been linked to the development of a car for almost a decade, despite having repeatedly denied the project’s existence.
Back in 2008, a spokesman told Autocar: “James [Dyson] did say that our new digital motor could power a car, but we are not working on, and have no plans to create, an electric car.”
However, Dyson is now expected to finally announce the car, having recently upped the rate of development with the hiring of several key figures from the automotive market.
Dyson hired Aston Martin‘s former director of purchasing, David Wyer, to become its head of procurement in August. Wyer was the second Aston Martin executive in as many years to head to Dyson after product development director Ian Minards moved to the same role at the Wiltshire-based company.
Wyer confirmed his exit from Aston Martin on professional social media site LinkedIn, saying: “So, after 22 years at Aston Martin, today is my last day as I leave one great company to take up an exciting opportunity with another, as head of procurement at Dyson.”
The move caused a stir, as did Dyson’s hiring of Tesla communications executive Ricardo Reyes earlier this year, fuelling a resurgence in speculation around the British company’s development of an electric car.
Last year, speculation was stirred up when a government document read: “The Government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174 million of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering.”
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 declined to comment on the latest claims.
Source: Autocar Online