Dyson’s Patent for Electric Vehicle Hints at Aerodynamic Design and Off-Road Capability
Dyson’s patent for its mysterious all-electric vehicle was recently made public, 18 months after filing, giving us a glimpse at what British inventor and founder of the famous vacuum cleaner company claims to be a “radically different” car.
The patent revealed a vehicle not that unusual, really, at least from the outside. But James Dyson said that the patents were “light on the specifics” on purpose. Furthermore, in an email to the staff working on the project and reported by The Guardian, he said that “we do not always use patents or make products based on patents that we have filed”. Considering that the Dyson electric car is slated for a 2021 launch—and that’s not very far from now—it’s time to get cracking.
Dyson boasts that the car design will be completely new, as the company started from scratch rather than basing it on existing electric cars. The ability to maximise battery power is important in an EV, hence the Dyson car will have large and narrow wheels to help increase range and efficiency. The wheels are set far apart—towards the front and back—to improve manoeuvrability and handling on rough terrain. That said, its ground clearance is lower than the average SUV.
Battery packs tend to encroach into the interior in most EVs, but Dyson’s thinner battery pack allows for a larger cabin space, which would be a huge plus point. The windscreen is angled lower for better aerodynamics; hence, the driver would also have to sit lower.
There still aren’t enough details to show how “radically different” the Dyson electric car will be from its rivals. But knowing the Dyson company and its range of unique (and also highly priced) products, we’re expecting something special.
Dyson will manufacture the car in Singapore, as the largest market for EVs is expected to be in Asia. But the company insists that it is essentially a British car, as the project’s R&D centre is located at the Hullavington airfield, west of London.