Company's latest product could be a big departure from vacuum cleaners.

Dyson has made a pretty penny selling bladeless fans and high-tech vacuum cleaners but it appears the company is also interested in building electric vehicles.

According to The Guardian, the UK's National Infrastructure Delivery Plan says “The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m ($253m) of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering."  The plan goes on to note the government is providing a grant of up to £16m ($23.3m) to support Dyson's research and development of battery technology.

Dyson refused to comment on the story but Dyson CEO Max Conze has previously said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of developing an electric vehicle.  The company also has extensive experience with electric motors and recently purchased battery maker Sakti3.  At the time, Dyson founder Sir James Dyson said Sakti3 had made a “breakthrough in battery technology.”

There's no word on when a Dyson electric vehicle could arrive or what it would look like but the company has a history of creating new and innovative products so it would be interesting to see what Dyson's engineers can come up with.

Source: The Guardian

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