The end of the Dyson electric car project last October had remained a great mystery for all those who followed this adventure. Developed internally under the code "N526", this model was to position itself as the direct competitor to Tesla's Model X
" The Dyson automotive team has developed a fantastic car: they have shown ingenuity while staying true to our philosophy. However, although we have gone to great lengths throughout the development process, we simply can no longer find a way to make it commercially viable."said James Dyson.
An SUV with twice the autonomy of Tesla Model X
Ultimately, he chose to reveal the model he was secretly working on with his engineering teams. A car with a capacity of 7 seats with a range of about 600 miles or almost 1,000 km, a significant jump compared to the Model S with its 379 miles and almost double the Model X with its 314 miles. The secret lies in the use of semiconductor batteries that would achieve this performance.
Sir James Dyson, Britain’s richest man, spent £ 500m developing an electric car to rival Tesla’s. Then he scrapped it before the first prototype took to the road. He tells John Arlidge why https://t.co/mIVmVFnN6D
– The Sunday Times Magazine (@TheSTMagazine) May 17, 2020
Despite weighing 2.6 tonnes, the Dyson aluminum car could go from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds. It could reach a point speed of 200 km / h. Seen from the outside, this 5-meter-long prototype looked like a very streamlined SUV with a sporty design. The boss of the company himself tested it in a hidden part of the business.
Dyson told The Times that the car ended up costing him £ 500 million. The company is actually better known for its household appliances such as its famous vacuum cleaners or more recently in its hair products. Unlike other companies, Dyson does not have a fleet of gasoline cars to make up for losses in the electric car industry. This project was therefore difficult to balance and could not be profitable.