Dyson to develop an electric car in UK with government funds image

The British technology company is getting some financial help from the government so that Dyson can work on an electric car.

If you thought there was a long way from vacuum cleaners or hand dryers to green cars, there is apparently not quite such a big leap, as all these “appliances” are using some sort of electric motors. At least, the UK-based company Dyson believes the distance is short. According to the recently published National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, the government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, the Guardian reported. “This will secure 174-million-pound investment (254-milllion-dollar) in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering,” said the document. The plan also reveals the company will get 16 million pounds (23.3 million dollars) to support its project.

Dyson has already denied several times that it is working on an electric car, but it bought the solid-state battery company Sakti3 last year, which founder James Dyson said it “developed a breakthrough in battery technology,” for recently to announce it planned to invest 1 billion pounds in battery technology over the next five years.

The company has grown quite a lot in recent years and it is now worth several billion pounds, as it came up with many interesting devices which use small, light and efficient electric motors. Therefore, it has the know-how in this area, but there still is a long way to a mass-market green vehicle.

Via The Guardian