Vacuum Maker Dyson’s First EV Revealed in Patent Image

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Do you have a Dyson vacuum or air purifier in your house? Well, in a couple years, you might also have a Dyson in your driveway. That’s because the brand is branching out from in-home electric products to electric vehicles.

Thanks to some 18-month-old patent filings, which were made public on Wednesday, we get a bit of a glimpse into what the forthcoming Dyson electric car will look like. And, first and foremost, it doesn’t appear to be a car at all. Rather, it more closely resembles a crossover slash minivan, thing.

It has the face of a Lotus sports car, a very low-slung body built on a long wheelbase, and the blunt rear end of a minivan. Likely, after looking at the design, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk isn’t quaking in his boots. That’s because Dyson’s efforts don’t quite appear to measure up to being a Model X competitor.

Dyson has years of experience in electric motor development. So why not apply that to a vehicle? | Photo: Dyson

 

That said, we’ve not seen everything yet. This was underscored by an email company founder James Dyson reportedly sent to his employees. He reassured them that the patents “don’t reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do.”

What Dyson has said the electric vehicle will do, however, is utilize the brands electric motor bona fides. What’s more, Autocar is reporting that Dyson might also implement a hydrogen fuel cell variant. Perhaps it’ll buy a fuel cell stack from Bosch, since it surely can’t afford to develop one of its own.
No matter what powers the Dyson EV, it’s expected to go on sale in 2021.

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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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