A little while ago, a patent for an electric SUV planned by unlikely newcomer to the automotive industry, electric appliance whiz Dyson – which is better known for vacuum cleaners – came to hand.
With high ground clearance, oversized wheels and 3 rows of seating, it could be one of the electric vehicles Dyson plans to start making at its factory pegged for Singapore starting from 2020 if previous announcements by the UK appliance mainstay are anything to go by.
Now, based on specifications gleaned from this patent, a render has been released showing what that electric SUV may look like.
Put together by UK car site CarWow, the Dyson electric SUV render appears true to its 3+ metre wheelbase, and expected 5m or so total length as shown in the patent.Comparing the patent’s planned 3 rows of seats though, which show a laidback angle it does beg the question how on earth those in the back will get in – the positions of the seating appear to be an after thought rather than something that has been thought through with care.
But then again, entrepreneur and Dyson founder Sir James Dyson’s original memo regarding the patent images did say that the images “provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps that we are considering”.
When Dyson first announced its intention to enter the electric vehicle market in September 2018, it actually did not come as much of a surprise – in fact it downright makes a lot of sense.
As Dyson has put it on the company website, “We’ve been researching motors, batteries, aerodynamics, vision systems and robotics for 22 years. Now the time is right to bring all our knowledge and experience together into one big project – an electric car.”
With worldwide distribution and sales already a fait accompli for the UK electricals giant, selling electric vehicles on a global scale would not be too much trouble for Dyson, one would think.
It is not doing it half-hearted, either – with £2.5 billion ($A4.46 billion) committed towards the plan already including the development of an electric vehicle testing facility at the disused Hullavington airfield in the UK, and Singapore chosen as its manufacturing base due to proximity to supply chains and existing plants, it is going all in.
When we will see some definitive details around what the electrical appliance company has planned for production is anyone’s guess, but surely some concepts and prototypes will come soon – the first electric car from the UK firm is expected in 2021.
One thing is certain – the Dyson electric SUV would surely go down well here in Australia, where electric SUVs are pushing a surge of electric vehicle sales in the local auto market.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.