British appliance maker Dyson is developing an electric car at its Wiltshire headquarters, according to a report in The Guardian.
This electric vehicle is said to be able to use small but very efficient motors. Most of the production of this vehicle will be financed by the British Government.
The report quotes a statement made by the British Government on its website, which read:
“The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at its headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will ensure 174 million pounds ($245 million ) of investment in the area, creating more than 500 jobs, mostly in engineering. ”
Days later, those details have been removed from the document, which now only says:
“The government has awarded a grant of up to £ 16 million to Dyson for battery research and development at its headquarters in Malmesbury.”
Dyson bought battery maker Sakti3 late last year for $90 million, claiming it had “developed a solid electrolyte technology.” These batteries can be used both in Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners and to power electric cars.
Sakti3 batteries store 50% more energy than current models and could make it easier to make devices smaller and safer.
Good news for the European industry that is in tow in this sector.