Electric car rumours surrounding tech giant Dyson are fuelled by former Aston Martin product development director’s move to the company
Jimi Beckwith
20 September 2016

The Dyson car looks more likely than ever, as former Aston Martin product development director Ian Minards has moved into the same role at electronics company Dyson.

Minards’ move fuels the already fierce speculation that Dyson is bringing an electric car to market in the near future, although the car is being kept under wraps.

The Dyson electric car was referenced in a government document entitled ‘National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016-2021’ earlier this year, in a brief segment which, according to the Guardian, said: “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”.

The document has since been 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," fuelling speculation that Dyson wants to keep the car a secret for as long as possible.

Minards’ LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect his new role at Dyson, with his start time listed as September 2016. A spokesman for Aston Martin couldn’t confirm Minards’ new role, but could confirm that he left to pursue other commitments, and that Aston Martin has identified his replacement.

Minards joined Aston Martin in 1997, and worked on an early DB7 models, as well as shooting brake-bodied cars from customer orders.

He was chief programme engineer for the first Vanquish, and then went on to launch the V8 Vantage in 2004, before becoming product development director in 2006. Since then, Aston Martin has launched numerous cars, the most recent being the DB11.

Other automotive sector employees have also headed to Wiltshire to join the Dyson team - further fuelling the speculation - but Dyson remains secretive about its plans.

A spokesman from Dyson said that the company does not comment on staff or HR matters, but did say: "We have historically recruited from a wide range of backgrounds, as we are a broad church and are developing a multitude of technologies. We plan to recruit an extra 3,000 engineers and scientists by 2020 and are working with more than 40 universities globally.”

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20 September 2016
the folly of their ways as Apple has recently done. One thing acquiring battery know-how, and developing connectivity, quite another to make it all accelerate, brake and steer. The Apple project has apparently hit the skids.

20 September 2016
Quite simply RUBBISH. Look how Apple and Google are struggling, to go from a battery hover to EV is a huge jump, they failed with the washing machine. An electric car would be beyond them, at best they might be able to develop a new fan with £16m

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

30 October 2016
The washing was non-profit making so was canned, wise move. A car on the other hand is possible and you only have to look at Tesla to see what you can do from a standing stand. Where were they 10 years ago?

17 December 2016
Google aims was never to become a car maker but to become a service provider for automated cars, the car they did create was just a test bed for their automated driving tech so they could test out new ideas. Apple project is still on going.

20 September 2016
Sorry, couldn't resist.

20 September 2016
Why do I keep coming back to this site to read automotive 'news'? The quality/detail of reporting is poor compared to five years ago, let alone 15+ years ago when I used to buy the magazine, back when it was a quality tome.

Recently its all clickbait nonsense like this and advertorial puff pieces

There is an interesting story to be told here, but 'Dyson Car more likely than ever' isn't it. Do some real journalism then report the real story.

20 September 2016
Dyson have deep pockets and growing brand recognition amongst prosperous consumers across Europe and Asia. An electric car is by no means impossible, but it's a bold move.

20 September 2016
Autocar wrote:

The document has since been 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," fuelling speculation that Dyson wants to keep the car a secret for as long as possible.

It could also mean that Dyson have already dropped the idea of developing a car. James Dyson is not stupid.

Citroëniste.

21 September 2016
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:
Autocar wrote:

The document has since been 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," fuelling speculation that Dyson wants to keep the car a secret for as long as possible.

It could also mean that Dyson have already dropped the idea of developing a car. James Dyson is not stupid.

Exactly, they're developing battery technology and a massive assumption has been made in thinking they'll be going in to cars.

Just because someone from the car industry joins a company it doesn't mean they suddenly want to manufacture cars

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