Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson stopped developing its electric car in October 2019; the car would not be viable. Now Dyson has finally shown the deleted car to The Sunday Times.
The British answer to Tesla was internally called ‘N526’ and was a hefty seven-seater SUV resembling a Range Rover with a massive range of 965 kilometers on a single charge.
That wide range was thanks to Dyson’s specially developed solid-state batteries, which have much more capacity than the traditional lithium-ion batteries found in current electric cars.
The range would remain the same even in cold weather, on the highway with the heater on – conditions where lithium ion is struggling. For comparison: now the Tesla Model S with just over 600 kilometers is the electric car with the longest range on a single charge.
Half a billion out of pocket
Dyson announced in October to further develop the battery, and now says it may want to give other automakers access to that technology. The prototype of the car weighs 2.6 tons, has a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour and is powered by a double 200 kW electric motor. The car would accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds.
Founder James Dyson paid for the deleted project entirely out of his own pocket, a damper of £ 500 million (560 million euros). Likewise, James Dyson is now topping the Times list of the richest British for the first time, with an estimated wealth of £ 16.2 billion (over £ 18 billion).