Dyson to build its own electric auto

Sketches of Dyson's cyclonic diesel particulate filter from the early 1990s

Sketches of Dyson's cyclonic diesel particulate filter from the early 1990s

The company has already dedicated over 400 employees to work on the project and acquired an ex-World War Two airfield base, not far down the road from its Malmesbury headquarters, which is now operating as the EV development centre.

Dyson founder and CEO James Dyson announced the project via an internal company-wide email.

Dyson also promises development from now will be quick - which it will need to be if it intends to deliver a vehicle by 2020 - and added that its 2020 auto will be the first of more to come.

"The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology".

As a result, Dyson plans to double the size of the development team at Malmesbury over the next two years, and also has a design team in Bristol working on technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company was working on diesel exhaust filters in the early '90s, acquired Michigan-based battery-tech startup Sakti3 in 2015, and has hired former Tesla and Aston Martin executives. "I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem".

Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson wants to help clean the air with its first electric vehicle.

Though he wouldn't release details on account of "fierce competition in the auto industry", Dyson did say that the vehicle - in which the company is now investing around $2.7 billion - will be "radically different" and "all about the technology".

"The big question is whether Dyson can muscle in on territory that the major manufacturers are already trying to make their own".

The company's founder added that the project will grow quickly but would not release further information due to competition for new technology.

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