Canceled Dyson electric car may be technology donorMay 18, 2020
Recently, many companies were about to challenge Tesla by developing their own electrified models. The British company specializing in the production of household appliances Dyson, was among them. Having spent £ 500 million on the development of an electric car, the founder of the company ultimately decided not to release it, but this project may be useful to competitors.
The British company Dyson refused the idea to launch a mass production of an electric car with the code designation N526 back in October 2019, as we already wrote. As its founder, Sir James Dyson, explained in a conversation with The Sunday Times, this car could accommodate seven people in its cabin, and the power reserve would be enough for almost 960 km. This is a record among electric cars, except for the promising second-generation Tesla Roadster, whose premiere is now delayed until 2022.
The secret to this autonomy of the Dyson electric car is its own battery of solid-state electrolyte. Most importantly, such a power reserve should have been provided in conditions that are far from favorable – when traveling in the cold (by the standards of the United Kingdom) season with the heater and multimedia system turned on, at an average speed of more than 110 km / h.
The prototype of the N526 electric car shown by Dyson was equipped with an aluminum body, and its curb weight reached 2.6 tons. This did not prevent the prototype from dispersing to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds, and the maximum speed could be 200 km / h. The electric car was to be equipped with two electric motors with a return of 200 kW. The prototype was not a simple demonstration model – Dyson admitted in an interview that he carried out test trips on it in conditions of increased secrecy in a fenced area.
The founder of an English company had to invest £ 500 million in the development of an electric car, however, the market prospects of this product turned out to be somewhat vague. The price of one Dyson electric car in retail should have exceeded $ 182,000 to maintain break-even, and for that kind of money, it would be unlikely that anyone would want to buy an unusual, but not the most outstanding crossover in terms of consumer qualities.
Sir Dyson himself does not close the project at all, he just would like to do it for the benefit of himself. A team of engineers is ready to offer the technology of manufacturing batteries with solid-state electrolyte to interested contractors. Such batteries are not only superior to lithium-ion in efficiency, but also much more compact than them.
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