Dyson in Malmesbury is investing over £2bn to develop and build an electric car using a new generation of battery technology.

“Rather than filtering emission at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source”


The company already has a team of 400 engineers working on the car design which is planned for launch in 2020 and will probably go on sale a year or so after that.

The car would use larger versions of its digital motors, powered by new battery technology that will be lighter and provide more power than today’s lithium ion cells. It will also need sophisticated electronic control and communications technologies.

Dyson dev team doubled

As a result, Dyson plans to double the size of the development team at Malmesbury over the next two years, and also has a design team in Bristol working on technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Half the investment will go on the new solid state battery technology says Sir James Dyson in a letter to staff. The Dyson company bought a solid state battery developer in Chicago called Sahkti in 2015.

“Some years ago, observing that automotive firms were not changing their spots, I committed the company to develop new battery technologies,” said Sir James Dyson, founder and chief engineer. “I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem. Dyson carried on innovating. At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product. Rather than filtering emission at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source. Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020.”

The UK government has already provided £16m ($20m) for the project, and has launched a competition to build a major battery manufacturing plant that could be used for the Dyson technology.

The Dyson Institute also runs its own engineering college which combines degree and on-the-job training with a salary at www.dysoninstitute.com.

Nick Flaherty