Vacuum-maker Dyson to develop electric car, says paper

By RELAXNEWS | 28 March 2016

LONDON: British government documents have hinted that vacuum-maker Dyson, founded by British inventor James Dyson, may be working on an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire, according to The Guardian.

The information, which appears to have been leaked accidentally, reveals that the UK government is set to fund Dyson's development of "a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire," using tax payer funds to the tune of £174 million (about RM990mil).

The move would see Dyson, well-known for its high-powered motors in a range of products, generate 500 jobs primarily in the engineering sector, and join tech giants such as Apple and Google in the quest to build a new generation of clean-powered cars.

Last year, Dyson CEO Max Conze conceded he was "ruling nothing out" when asked if the company would ever consider venturing into electric cararena.