Dyson Plans to Launch Electric Car in 2020

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Dyson is spending $1.34 billion to develop a “radical” electric car: the company already has 400 engineers dedicated to its car project, which has been working in secret for the past two-and-a-half years. While most companies are using lithium-ion batteries in their current models, Dyson said its car would use solid-state batteries that are smaller, more efficient, easier to charge, and potentially easier to recycle. Will they turn out looking like their vacuums?

Dyson said his electric car would be “radically different” than those being designed by other car makers, including Tesla. “There’s no point doing something that looks like everyone else’s,” he said. “It is not a sports car and not a very cheap car.” He said he hopes the vehicle will be just the first of a line of electric vehicles from Dyson and predicted that within a few years electric cars would be the largest source of revenue for the company, eclipsing its existing products.
 

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"Radical"? A car that sucks up the exhaust of the car infront of it?


...LIke a shop vac.


There's an innuendo in there. I just wanted to make sure that you caught it.
 

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Pretty lofty ambition for a vacuum maker like Dyson to jump into the car industry. They might as well have it clean the streets while you drive it too.

I get the impression they just want to make new battery tech instead of an actual car though. Let's hope they aren't just scamming the UK government out of all that grant money.
 

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Its a Dyson, so, you know it's going to look like this for real......
 

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So much like their other products it will cost anywhere from 3-10 times more expensive of something else that can do the same thing... it just will look really cool while doing it?
 

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We had a Dyson. My son imploded it with a strategically placed lego at the age of 3. We replaced it with a Shark, which was 1/4 the cost....but not quite as good. We recently replaced that with another Dyson. If you can bear the cost (and you don't necessarily have to pay MSRP), they are fantastic products.
 

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I thought Shark had a model that was rated as the most powerful vaccum cleaner via Consumer Reports. Something I'm looking at getting.
 

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This is going to suck big time.


I thought Shark had a model that was rated as the most powerful vaccum cleaner via Consumer Reports. Something I'm looking at getting.

We've had our Shark for 5 years and no problems...not as wide as most other vacuums, but it more than makes up for it with suction power and maneuverability. You're either going to completely love it, or completely hate it, because of all that.
 

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This from the company who's battery powered vacuum lasts a whole five minutes. Great.
 

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So we have an expensive plastic crappy car to look forward to?

That's one thing that bugs me about Dyson products, for all the engineering and innovation (at least somewhat, their products attempt new things here or there in otherwise stagnant markets), they can't seem to get the plastic right. Their parts seem to always have streaks in them, like the plastic isn't mixed thoroughly or something before it's injected - it comes off looking like cheap gloss crap. The matte plastic doesn't seem to have this trait, so it seems to be from the formulation of the gloss plastics.
 

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Yeah radical, just like Dyson likes to pretend it invented the brushless motor, oh they made it digital too XD
 

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I've used a Dyson vacuum before. It was a steaming pile of poo. Thing was always getting clogged up and it always sounded like it was going to turn into a grenade after a few months.

I just laugh at the prices they charge for their junk... and at the people who pay the price thinking they are getting a quality product.
 

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We have a Dyson and it never loses suction! Until it's clogged.

If I didn't get it for free I doubt I would own one, and after owning one I would never pay those prices.
 

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I thought Shark had a model that was rated as the most powerful vaccum cleaner via Consumer Reports. Something I'm looking at getting.

We have the Shark Navigator. The two most notable improvements our Dyson had over the Shark. We never had to touch any of the "stuff" that ends up in the canister on the Dyson. With the Shark, and other vacuums we tried, enough dog hair would wrap around the air shapers and you have to reach in and grab it. Doesn't bother me, but for other family members it's "gross". I don't remember ever having to touch stuff inside the Dyson canister. The other plus with the Dyson was the roller could be easily removed from the vacuum head, so that you could really remove all the hair and strings that get wrapped around it over time. With the Shark you have to work around the surrounding shroud of the head with the roller in place.

This is not to say the Shark is bad......if anything you would expect a vacuum that costs 3-4x (Dyson) better give you something worthwhile for the money.

Oh, and obviously, these features may vary by model.
 

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leave it to [H]ardfourm to have puns and some great vacuum reviews all together !
 

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Will his car be like the vacuums? overly complex crappy plastic that loses tolerances in 24 months?
 

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We have the Shark Navigator. The two most notable improvements our Dyson had over the Shark. We never had to touch any of the "stuff" that ends up in the canister on the Dyson. With the Shark, and other vacuums we tried, enough dog hair would wrap around the air shapers and you have to reach in and grab it. Doesn't bother me, but for other family members it's "gross". I don't remember ever having to touch stuff inside the Dyson canister. The other plus with the Dyson was the roller could be easily removed from the vacuum head, so that you could really remove all the hair and strings that get wrapped around it over time. With the Shark you have to work around the surrounding shroud of the head with the roller in place.

This is not to say the Shark is bad......if anything you would expect a vacuum that costs 3-4x (Dyson) better give you something worthwhile for the money.

Oh, and obviously, these features may vary by model.

I've always bought cheaper brands and haven't been very satisfied with the performance and lifespan. We got a pug which sheds an ungodly amount of hair, it is absolutely incredible how much hair this dog must grow and shed daily. So, we bought a dyson. First runs through the house picked up a good layer of what looked like fine sand, dirt that other vacuums didn't get. Five year warranty makes the price easier to stomach when my other vacuums were lasting about 2-3 years with diminishing power.
 

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I've always bought cheaper brands and haven't been very satisfied with the performance and lifespan. We got a pug which sheds an ungodly amount of hair, it is absolutely incredible how much hair this dog must grow and shed daily. So, we bought a dyson. First runs through the house picked up a good layer of what looked like fine sand, dirt that other vacuums didn't get. Five year warranty makes the price easier to stomach when my other vacuums were lasting about 2-3 years with diminishing power.

You need to try some dinovite
http://www.dinovite.com
 

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Switched Reluctance is not your ordinary brushless DC motor like a case fan.

They spin a steel (alloyed with silicon) solenoid bar with no moving windings
and no permanent magnets. Some thought has to be given to nonlinearity of
the solenoid pull, and correct that. Or operate well above hearing, else it can
be very noisy. I think dyson cheats the problem by spinning real fast...

But power to move a car isn't a problem. Deisel Electric locomotives almost
all use this type of electric motor. It can also work as a generator, though I'm
not exactly sure how.
 

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I don't care enough to find one, but I see nobody has posted an image of a street sweeper vehicle...

Seems like an obvious pun.
 
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