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Dyson’s Cancelled Electric SUV Seats 7, Had 600-Mile Range

Dyson’s Cancelled Electric SUV Seats 7, Had 600-Mile Range”

Dyson's founder and chief engineer James Dyson has since shed some light on the project in an interview with The Sunday Times, which was published Saturday and includes an image of an early prototype that backs up patent drawings from a year ago that hinted at a Tesla Model X rival.

"Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable", Dyson told his staff in 2019.

If you get a flutter of excitement at first glance of this intriguing new vehicle as we did, try not to be too disappointed when you learn, even though it came close to setting a new standard in the electric auto performance, it will never be offered as a production model.

According to Dyson, the company's EV would've boasted a longer range than any other electric auto had it made it to production, reportedly able to drive for 600 miles (965 kilometers) on a single charge. He added that when "other companies started producing electric cars at a loss, it became too risky for us". The sporty-looking SUV was said to come in at "five metres long, two metres wide and 1.7 metres tall", featuring a windscreen which "rakes back more steeply than on a Ferrari", as well as wheels that "are bigger than on any production auto on the market", according to Dyson. The vacuum maker sought a buyer for the project last October, but was unsuccessful, the company said in a statement at the time.

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The electric vehicle would have been able to go within a 600-mile range on a single charge.

Performance was equally impressive with this seven seater claimed to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 125mph.

In terms of horsepower, it's said that Dyson's electric auto was set to offer twin electric motors capable of producing 536bhp and 480lb ft of torque, which would allow the vehicle to go from zero to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and deliver a top speed of 125mph (201kmh). "Ours is a life of risk and of failure". The dashboard would have been a head-up display that would "float (s) in front of your face like a hologram". He says he is open to sharing that solid state battery technology with other companies. GBP500 million (~RM2.6 billion) of his own wealth was invested, with Dyson revealing that scrapping the idea was a move that came with "huge sadness and disappointment". We try things and fail. Dyson may never make an entire vehicle with his name on it, but the components created for this project could become important parts of electric cars from other manufacturers - and profit centers for his company - in the future.



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