After Sakti3 Acquisition, Dyson Works On Batteries And Apparently On Electric Car

Sir James Dyson with vacuum cleaner

APR 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

British company Dyson, which recently acquired battery start-up Sakti3 for $90 million in late 2015, intends to now establish battery production on its own.

Sir James Dyson, Founder of Dyson

Sir James Dyson, Founder of Dyson

The total investment is expected to reach £1 billion ($1.44 billion).

Dyson has even secured a small grant for battery developments from the UK government:

“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”

There is speculations that part of the plan for Dyson is not only batteries for cordless electrical appliances, but for an electric car – which is the easiest way to gain scale on volume.

The Guardian article indicates that Dyson is really engaged in an EV project of some kind – at least some government documents revealed such an intention.

“Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents.

The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one.

But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple.

“The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering,” said the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, published on Wednesday.”

However the document has been edited and details about the Dyson EV disappeared.

source: The Guardian

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11 Comments on "After Sakti3 Acquisition, Dyson Works On Batteries And Apparently On Electric Car"

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RexxSee

Will it sucks?

Anon

Well, he’s using public money for the project. The end result is likely to suck, given that Dyson isn’t funding this from his own funds. Easy come, easy go.

evcarnut

I’ve had many British cars . Even though they were very temprimental (Always Broke down a lot)..L O L ….I still loved them Because I was young,Perhaps foolish & loved working on cars? But Now I want a quiet, smooth, & emissions free “RELIABLE” EV.. If such a thing is possible in a British car & should ever come to fruition..Fat Chance!.. LOL…It would very Enticing ….Right now for me…, Tesla Is KING!

evcarnut

There’s A good chance that it may suck ,With all this Government free money, These guys build Vacuums right? on the other hand, It May Blow !…easy come easy Go!…..LOL….ha!

zll

Looks like not many people get your puns, what a blow…

Scott

I love my Dyson, would really love a Dyson blower for the yard. I’ll stick with BMW and Tesla for transport…

evcarnut

Well.., You Got the 2nd one right ! Sorry …lol…I couldn’t help that , the devil made me say that…

Foo

I love that “Mystery Science Theater 3000” photo of the Dyson guy.

Rick Danger

HAH! Tom Servo on the right 😀

Foo

I hope the result of this Dyson project is a self-cleaning car.

Alaa

There must be a catch here. If it stores twice as much and for less money why did Nissan GM etc did not use these batteries?