Dyson

You may have heard of Dyson, the British company that helps dry your hands in the toilet. It is also the the manufacturer of the Cyclone bagless vacauum cleaner and Air Multiplier bladeless fans. In a radical departure from the norm, the next creation for Dyson could be an electric car.

According to a report by The Guardian, government documents revealed that the company has received funding from the UK government to finance the development of the electric car. Its last big product introduction is a Roomba rival known as the 360 Eye.

A section in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan said, “the government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure 174 million pound sterling of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering.”

Since then, the portion has been removed from the document. A Dyson spokesperson contacted by The Guardian refused to confirm on the validity of the report. However, Dyson’s acquisition of solid-state battery company Sakti3 in October 2015 for USD$90 million could inject some truth on the matter. The company claims to have developed batteries with double the life of even the best lithium-ion variants today.

Should Dyson actually produce an electric car, it will go head-to-head with companies (like Tesla) that produce both electric vehicles and their own batteries as well. Another electronic appliance company looking to produce an electric car? Apple. Let us know you thoughts on a Dyson electric car, here.