Dyson electric car: the solid-state battery exec leaves the farm

Dyson has confirmed to Autocar that the executive behind its solid-state battery technology has left the company – a surprise twist-that follows the brand’s recent announcement to produce a model of electric car by 2020.

A spokesman said that “Ann Marie Sastry is no longer with Dyson”, but has failed to explain why, stating that the company is not “to go into detail on personnel matters”. Sastry joined Dyson in the purchase of his battery company Sakti3’s $ 90 million (approximately £67.4 million) two years ago.

Although there is still a lot of secrecy behind the technology it has developed, Sastry already suggested that the company was close to bringing it to the solid-state battery production – a feat that could ensure Dyson the first place in the global race for more efficient batteries.

The solid-state battery packs have a higher energy density, are faster to load than the liquid cell, cooler operating, and potentially more powerful. Toyota is the only manufacturer with the firm intention of introducing the technology in the coming decade, while Porsche has been suggested that the solid-state electric vehicles are in their product plans.

We don’t know yet what is the impact of Sastry departure will have on the progress of the car Dyson, that mark a leap forward for a brand that is known for the manufacture of household products such as hair dryers and vacuum cleaners.

The car’s development will be funded by £2 billion of Dyson, and the project has benefited from the support of the Government of the united KINGDOM. A team of 400 people working on the project of Dyson’s Wiltshire headquarters.

Dyson is to keep the specific details, such as the performance, range and production figures, the secret, but it will not be a mass market car like the Renault Zoe and the Nissan Leaf; instead, it will be aimed at a more tech-oriented market. Dyson existing line of cleaning products are often more expensive than the competition, suggesting that the car is the position on the market will be firmly in the premium segment, similar to that of Tesla. Dyson has also confirmed that the more a car would come from the project.

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There is no set word yet on where the car will be built, but Dyson has recently revealed to Reuters, “Wherever we farm, we are going to make the car, it is logical. If we want to be close to our suppliers, we want to be in a place that welcomes us and is friendly to us, and where it is logistically more sensible. And we see a very large market for this car in the Far East.”

Dyson has a great presence on the market of the Far East, so that the Chinese production is not an unrealistic prediction, although the car will be developed in the united KINGDOM. No design or prototype has not yet been produced.

In the announcement of the Dyson electric car plan, Sir James Dyson has taken swipes at governments ‘ push for the diesel engines and the Dieselgate emissions of scandal: “Governments around the world have encouraged the adoption of oxymoronically designated “clean diesel” engines by means of grants and scholarships. Major car manufacturers have circumvented and duped clean air regulations. As a result, developed and developing, the cities are full of smog belching cars, trucks and buses. This is a problem that other people do not.”

He revealed that one of the main objectives is to reduce air pollution by cars “at the source”, saying: “I have committed the company to develop new battery technologies. I thought that electric vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem. Dyson focused on innovation. At this time, we finally have the opportunity to bring together all of our technologies in a single product.

“We started to build an exceptional team that combines the top of Dyson talented engineers in the automotive industry. The team is already up to more than 400 strong and we are recruiting aggressively. I am committed to invest £2 billion in this business.”

Unlike other long-rumored car project of Apple and Google, Dyson car will be Dyson-badged, rather than the plans that have been commuted to components of other cars, such as Google Waymo project, or Apple’s autonomous car efforts. Dyson will go it alone in the manufacture of the car, such as the future rival of Tesla, and does not intend to seek help from other manufacturers to put the car into production.

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The company is famous for its vortex vacuum cleaner but has been linked to the development of a car for nearly a decade, despite having repeatedly denied the project existence.

A Dyson spokesperson said, previously, Coach: “James [Dyson] said that our new engine digital could power a car, but we are not on the job, and do not have the intent to create an electric car.” Dyson has been working on the production of a car from the eighties.

In the run up to the announcement of the car, Dyson is pushing up the rate of development with the recruitment of several personalities of the automotive market. Dyson has been interested in the filtration of diesel emissions for more than two decades.

Dyson has hired Aston Martin, former director of purchasing, David Wyer, to become its head of procurement in August. Wyer was the second Aston Martin executive in as many years at the head of Dyson, according to the director of product development Ian minards moved to the same role in the Wiltshire-based company.

Wyer confirmed his exit from Aston Martin on professionals social media website LinkedIn, saying: “If, after 22 years at Aston Martin, today is my last day as I leave a large company to take up an exciting opportunity with the other, as the head of procurement at Dyson.”

The move caused a stir, as did Dyson hiring of Tesla communications executive Ricardo Reyes earlier this year, fuelling a resurgence of the speculation around the British society for development of the electric car.

Last year, the speculation has been stirred up when a document from the government read: “The Government is the funding of Dyson to develop a new battery-electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174 million of dollars of investment in the region, the creation of over 500 jobs, mainly in engineering.”

Shortly after, the document was amended to say: “The Government provides a grant of up to £16m of Dyson to support research and development for battery technology on its site in Malmesbury.”

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