Dyson patents hint at design of its electric crossover


The first patents for Dyson's electric auto - tipped to arrive in 2021 - reveal an automobile with an aerodynamic design.

The patent filings are the first clue to what the "radically different" auto pledged by British inventor Sir James Dyson might look like.

According to the patent application, which was filed 18 months ago and published today, the Dyson crossover will be around five metres in length, and ride on a 3.3 metre wheelbase.

In a memo sent via email, founder Sir James Dyson revealed that the company would not follow other electric carmakers lead of making smaller cars.

Patents do highlight that Dyson could use "very large wheels" to suit bumpy terrains with improved "range and efficiency". Dyson's email also hinted at a vehicle with a low center of gravity to improve handling.

Advances will come in the aerodynamics, efficiency and vehicle architecture - how the auto is laid out - Sir James said.

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A clearer view of Dyson's first vehicle has been given after patents awarded to the technology company became public.

The firm, most famous for its vacuum and hairdryers, announced it was working on an electric vehicle in September 2017, details of which have been scarce besides confirmation late previous year it will be manufactured in Singapore ahead of its 2021 launch.

The vehicle would contain "fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps" Sir James told staff, meaning it was vital that they "protect it with patents".

Dyson added that many EVs already on the market "miss opportunities" through basing their electric cars on existing platforms, with the Dyson's all new architecture likely to give the model an advantage.

However, testing of the new cars are expected to take place at their campus Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire.

"To be clear, at this stage we are not talking about the vehicle we are actually developing, people will have to wait a while longer to see the details", Sir James concluded.