Currently reading: Dyson's electric car - our vision of what it will be like
Dyson promises its first car will not be a 'me-too' EV. It will be bold, radical and different. So what, exactly, will it be like?
Richard Bremner Autocar
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4 mins read
22 October 2017

Dyson, the innovative UK electrical appliance manufacturer, recently revealed that it is developing a “radically different” electric car that will go on sale in 2020.

NOW WE KNOW: Dyson electric car: new patents show mould-breaking design

The company is investing £2 billion in it and has a development staff of more than 400. Details of the nature of the car itself are scant, though. Sir James Dyson wrote in an email to employees: “Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential.” 

Despite this, it’s possible to hazard some idea of what a Dyson electric car might consist of, not least because Dyson himself has said: “There’s no point doing something that looks like everyone else’s. It is not a sports car and not a very cheap car.” On the basis of these not-insubstantial clues and others, Autocar has developed a projection of what the Dyson EV could look like and what features it might contain. 

 

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Dyson car - how we think it will shape up

Battery and charging technology

Removable cassette-style solid-state battery pack of various capacities and prices, mounted within double-skinned front bulkhead. Battery pack removable using engine hoist from covered slot forward of windscreen. Battery pack is structural and locks into bulkhead to provide substantial additional torsional strength.

Solid-state battery pack developed by Dyson subsidiary Sakti3. Pack is lighter and more energy dense than lithium ion packs and needs little cooling, further reducing weight and the need for control systems. Pack offered with two different ranges, to suit short and long-distance users, and to offer a lower base price.

Solar roof panel. Solar panels in semi-horizontal rear wheelarches and bonnet, too. Solar panels used to drive HVAC when car is stationary and remotely programmed to warm/cool before usage 

Drivetrain and ride

Two Dyson-developed high-power electric motors drive front wheels and double as generator. Smaller motor/ generator for rear wheels to increase power regeneration and provide part-time four- wheel drive.

High-profile tyres for improved ride. Tyres self-coloured in Dyson grey.

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Narrow, lightweight wheels reduce weight, inertia, road noise and cost of replacement and improve turning circle.

Exterior and bodywork

Dyson Airblade windscreen clearing system. Heated screen cleared by 400mph air jets with water-injected wash function. Similar system used for rear window.

Composite, self-coloured, non-structural, exterior panels. Skin panels attached to inner frames using Velcro.

Vehicle is lightweight, all-purpose family car of clean, spare and functional design, but not sparse or utility.

Premium finish underlines premium pricing that also provides value through intelligent design.

Car is 4.1m long, 1.75m wide and 1.5m tall.

Five-door with coach rear doors. Completely flat floor.

Overall design shaped by ‘form follows function’ mantra, as with all Dyson products.

Lightweight composite moulded core structure. Bolt-on aluminium front subframe to carry motor, inverter and suspension. Rear suspension subframe mounted to reduce road noise, as per front.

Inside the Dyson EV

The cabin tapers towards the rear for improved aero and to create semi-horizontal rear wheel arches. Exterior skin and under-floor development are heavily influenced by Dyson’s air manipulation intelligence. 

Fixed-position front seats feature composite frames whose outer structure doubles as a lower B-pillar for side-impact protection and to provide latching for coach doors and forward upper seatbelt mountings. Seat cushions are air-pump-adjustable bladders beneath cloth or leather upholstery. Conventional, lightweight rear seats have a 60/40 split folding facility. 

There are electrically adjustable pedals and a four-way adjustable steering column. The heating and ventilation system is developed from Dyson Airblade technologies. The air conditioning draws low current and an air purifier is optional. 

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A compact dashboard is enabled by a space-efficient HVAC system and a Tesla-style central tablet display features. Key instrument readings, navigation and warnings are provided by a head-up display. 

Startups show a hard road ahead

Apple - Apple abandoned its electric car — Project Titan — despite investing heavily and having the resource to do so, and that could be an ominous sign for Dyson. The company is now concentrating solely on autonomous car technologies. 

Google Google’s bizarre pod-like autonomous vehicles are a familiar online sight, but its Waymo automobile division now looks likely to share Google’s autonomous technology with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles rather than developing its own vehicles. 

Faraday Future - Chinese-backed California-based Faraday Future showed its car — in an embarrassing, malfunctioning manner — at this year’s CES expo, announced a Nevada factory and then unannounced it following financial difficulties that could well sink the company. 

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Spyinthesky 26 October 2018

Just weird

i know much of this artical was written on excess fumes from a dodgy VW diesel but if the author seriously believes Apple's Project Titan has been abandoned then clearly Autocar might as well report on the future of the horseless carriage it is so out of touch with the realities of the future of the Electric car. You can see why traditional car makers like so many industries before them, just dont get the the threat from the high tech computer guys when industry magazines are so out of touch with what's going on.

captainaverage 23 October 2018

Dyson? British? Ha!

Designed in Britain perhaps. Manufacturing will be almost certainly be done in the Far East, though.

Like their domestic appliances thrown together overseas, the quality will be abysmal, it'll break with alarming frequency, parts will cost a fortune, and it'll perform perhaps 25% as well as the marketing goons claim.

But if they can flog fan heaters for five hundred quid, then no doubt Dyson can find enough morons willing to buy their cars too.

405line 23 October 2017

Nice design

Nice "blue skies" car design however where are the batteries going to be stored? I do like the BMW e39 turbine like wheels and it's general form. I have had a dyson vacuum since early 2000's and they are cleverly  designed, perhaps not built like a miele but they don't weigh a ton either and have a mega suction that's consistent and no excessive screws or other constructive elements that are not required and yes I have had the parts replaced as they broke but they were easy and possibly designed to be replaced by the end user. Dyson may change the car market as I suspect he has already done in the vacuum cleaner market.