Better known for its work in the high-end vacuum cleaner market, home appliance manufacturer Dyson is setting its sights on electric cars. Speaking with The Guardian, inventor and company founder Sir James Dyson said that he plans to build an electric car that will be “radically different” from models currently available. Dyson plans to have the vehicle on the road by 2020.
No working model has been designed yet, but Dyson did say that he has a team of about 400 engineers in Wiltshire, England—about two hours west of London—who’ve been working on the £2.5 billion ($3.35 billion) project since 2015. So far, Dyson said, the motor is ready, and two different battery types are under development, both of which he claimed were already more efficient than those in existing electric cars.
Though the electric car play seems way out of left field for Dyson, he said this has been an ambition of his for quite some time.