Dyson’s First Electric Car Won’t Have A Solid State Battery
British tech company Dyson is still planning on making electric cars but their plans have changed. That is according to a report by the Financial Times.
The FT spoke to 20 people close to the project to see how it is going. Changes include the addition of two new electric cars but the first will not now contain the new solid state battery.
There were rumours the British technology company would enter the market when they received a government grant to research battery technology in 2016. Founder James Dyson confirmed the rumours in September last year outlining plans to release an EV by 2020.
The first car will test the supply chain, establish a route to market and put feelers out to potential customers. Because of this it will have a limited production run of 10,000 cars or less.
From here Dyson will move onto two more electric cars produced in much higher volumes. If Dyson could get solid state batteries in these cars they would probably still be first to market.
For a company better known for its vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and more recently hair dryers an electric car marks a huge jump. The addition of a solid state battery would have set them apart from an increasingly saturated market. However given the challenges already faced scaling back ambitions for now probably makes a lot of sense.
If, as the report suggests, Dyson manage to get their solid state batteries into the second and third cars they would probably still beat the competition. No other car maker has announced concrete plans for a solid state battery powered car.
Solid state batteries are considered to be all around better than the lithium-ion batteries in use right now. They are safer, charge up faster and have a higher energy density than their counterparts. Find out more about solid state batteries in the video below.