Dyson EV patents show crossover design; aluminium construction, solid-state battery confirmed

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Dyson - famed for its cordless vacuums and hair dryers - first announced its entry into the automotive sector in 2017, with founder James Dyson claiming that his cars would be "radically different" from existing electric vehicles.

The Dyson electric vehicle is slated to take the form of a crossover, according to patents sighted by Bloomberg.

Such positioning will make the vehicle highly manoeuvrable, while the increased size of the wheels will make it suitable for driving in both urban and rural environments and potentially help to extend its driving range, according to the patents. The patents were filed 18 months ago but only published this week.

Advances have been made in the aerodynamics, efficiency and vehicle architecture of the auto, he added.

Dyson has been a proponent of solid-state battery technology, but Autocar reports there is the possibility the company could also launch hydrogen fuel cell or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The British engineering firm - traditionally known for its powerful vacuum cleaners - is quick to stress that the designs are not reflective of what the production auto will look like, although the large layout, high ride height and large allow wheels point towards the model being a big SUV, such is the trend of other manufacturers launching their first EVs. Last year, the company said it would build a facility in Singapore to develop the vehicle it hopes to introduce by 2021.

In an email sent to more than 500 staff working on the vehicle, Dyson stressed the need to keep the details of his new product secret.

In a letter to staff Dyson said the auto will contain "fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps".

The entrepreneur said the new electric auto will be "entirely designed, manufactured and sold" by the company.

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