Dyson’s scrapped electric auto: founder reveals what could have been

18 Mai, 2020, 14:54 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Dyson’s Canceled EV Apparently Surpassed Tesla Model X in Range

The article, which celebrates the famous inventor and entrepreneur's first time topping The Sunday Times Rich List, offers a world-first look at a working version of Dyson's development auto, referred to as N526 within the company.

In an interview with British newspaper, Dyson founder Sir James Dyson shared, for the first time, details and photos of the electric auto that was cancelled in October 2019. According to The Sunday Times, it could have allegedly managed this feat "even on a freezing February night, on the naughty side of 70mph on the motorway, with the heater on and the radio at full blast".

During the interview, Dyson also said that the electric SUV, made from aluminium weighed around 2.6 tons, had a top speed of 201 kmph (125 mph), and could go from zero to 100 kmph in just 4.8 seconds. Assuming that 600-mile figure is based on Europe's WLTP standards, it's an impressive jump from Tesla Model S' 379 miles and nearly doubling the long-range Model X's 314 miles (the latter also a seven-seater). The vehicle produced around 536bhp and 479lb ft of torque from two electric motors. Sir Dyson himself drove the prototype around a hidden "screened-off compound".

In real life, the prototype vehicle shared a strong resemblance to a modern Range Rover - more so than the patent diagrams suggested.

Design-wise, Dyson's electric vehicle concept looks unsurprisingly sporty and futuristic.

Dyson’s Canceled EV Apparently Surpassed Tesla Model X in Range
Interior of the Dyson electric vehicle Source Dyson

The Times also got to see the electric SUV's interior, which reminds me of some of the futuristic concepts at auto shows.

The car's interior offers segmented cushions on the seats and neatly rounded headrests, supposedly for better lumbar support. And for the driver, the dashboard was kept clean by utilizing a head-up display, such that it "floats in front of your face like a hologram".

More recently, the United Kingdom -based company had been looking into an electric vehicle as well, with little information shared about the idea. During the interview, Dyson revealed that and he had to fund about 500 million pound from his own pocket to get the scrapped project off the ground. The Dyson auto, referred to internally as "N526", was an SUV that aimed to challenge Tesla in the EV market.

Even though the Dyson auto is no more, its spirit lives on. As to whether the company would try making cars again some day, Dyson said only if it becomes commercially viable then.

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