Despite weighing 2.6 tonnes, Dyson’s aluminum car could go from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds (about half a second faster than the long-range X model), with top speed reaching apparently 125 mph (30 mph less than the model) X). All of this comes from twin 200 kW electric motors with 536 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. And yes, Dyson himself had driven the prototype, although “secretly in an armored complex”.
In real life, the prototype car had a strong resemblance to a modern Range Rover – more than the patent diagrams suggested. The sporty-looking SUV would have reached “five meters long, two meters wide and 1.7 meters high”, with a windshield that “recedes more strongly than on a Ferrari”, as well as “more larger than any production car on the market, “says Dyson.
The temperature I also got to see the interior of the electric SUV, which reminds me of some of the futuristic concepts of auto shows. In particular, the surprisingly thin seats had segmented cushions and lollipop-shaped headrests designed in a way that Dyson believed would provide better lumbar support overall. And for the driver, the dashboard has been kept clean using a head-up display, so it “floats in front of your face like a hologram.”
It goes without saying that many of these features were quite ambitious for an electric car, not to mention the project itself for a company that is more familiar with household electrical appliances and, more recently, hair products. As the business owner, Dyson said The temperature that this project ended up costing £ 500 million of its own money before it ended. Unlike other brands of traditional cars, Dyson does not have a fleet of profitable petrol and diesel cars to compensate for the “huge losses” on each electric vehicle manufactured – each Dyson electric car should have earned £ 150,000 for reach break even, according to the entrepreneur. Although Tesla posted a profitable first quarter this year, it has posted annual losses since its release.
Even if the Dyson car is gone, his spirit lives on. Dyson said the 500-person team is already working on various other projects and is open to letting automakers tap into his company’s semiconductor batteries, which are said to be more efficient and compact than current lithium-ion cells. As to whether the company would ever try to make cars again, Dyson said if it became commercially viable at that time. You can find out more about the doomed Dyson electric car in The temperature’ exclusive interview (subscription required).