5 James Dyson reveals what could’ve been with his cancelled EV project.

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As you may have remembered, English inventor James Dyson was working on an electric car before he scrapped the project last October. Now, we’re finally getting a look at it, as James Dyson revealed it on the Sunday Times Rich List.

The car, named the N526 by Dyson, used a highly-advanced and sought after solid-state battery. This gave the N526 an amazing 600 mile range, which, according to James, was achievable "on a freezing February night, on the naughty side of 70 mph on the motorway, with the heater in and the radio at full blast".

This technology would’ve revolutionized the electric car, and destroyed many of the problems current EVs have. The car used twin 200kW electric motors, giving the N526 a combined output of 536 horsepower and 480 LB-FT. This allowed the N526 to hit 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph - impressive for a vehicle of the N526’s size, with the car being “five meters long, two meters wide, and 1.7 meters tall” while weighing 2.6 tons.

The cars strange interior was also revealed, showing off slim seats with segmented cushions and round headrests designed to be ergonomic. The dashboard used a holographic heads-up display in place of gauges.


But don’t think all this was just hogwash. According to Dyson, a working prototype did indeed exist, and he had actually driven it secretly in a screened-off compound. So why did he cancel it?

Well, that apparently came down to the fact that the project took up £500 million of James Dyson’s own money, and Dyson would’ve had to sell the car for £150,000 each just to break even. However, the spirit might live on. Dyson says he is open to letting other companies tap into his solid-state battery tech.

More info at Engadget.

7m ago by aaayy
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FastestLaps  7m ago

Dyson would’ve had to sell the car for £150,000 each just to break even

Since when is that a problem? Nissan Micra with a few options is now close to 100k.

Also, if Tesla wanted to break even they would have to sell each car for million bucks. But breaking even is irrelevant today, totally from a bygone era. All he had to do is create Twitter account and post some stupid anime pictures and talk about life on Mars and he would have gotten billions in VC money and retail "Īnvestors" savings.


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aaayy  7m ago

Don’t forget the crucial smoking weed.

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SpeedKing  7m ago @aaayy

Ha that would explain why he's such a tripper...

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SpeedKing  7m ago

He should stick to vacuum cleaners(pun intended)...

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Cocobe  7m ago

impressive range, but 500+hp and a 0-62 time of 4.8s? Most electric cars with less power can do it considerably faster. If solid state battery was so much better, why is the car still 2.6 tons? Just shows, not everyone who makes batteries or electric motors can make a good car. The Auto business is perhaps one of the most competitive industries.