James Dyson has announced the Dyson company, famous for its vacuum cleaners and hand driers, has begun work on a battery-powered electric vehicle, due to launch in 2020.
The company will commit 2.5 billion pounds to the project. He said that 400 engineers in Wiltshire had been working on the vehicle since 2015.
His statement (posted in full below) reads:
In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.
By 1993 we had developed several working prototypes and showed an early iteration to British television programme Blue Peter. The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology.
To our chagrin, nobody at the time was interested in employing our diesel exhaust capture system and we stopped the project. The industry said that ‘disposing’ of the collected soot was too much of a problem! Better to breathe it in?