New Dyson electric car detailed: Tesla rival that didn’t suck had 1000km driving range and 400kW and 650Nm

Think Dyson and you’ll probably imagine vacuum cleaners, not electric cars. But that didn’t stop the household appliance-maker from having a crack at its own Tesla rival.

And thanks to Dyson founder James Dyson’s recent interview with The Sunday Times, we now know some tantalising details about the zero-emissions project.

Publicly announced in September 2017 but axed last October, Dyson’s electric car was codenamed N256 and underpinned by a solid-state battery that would’ve provided an unmatched 600 miles (966km) of driving range.

Mr Dyson told The Sunday Times that claim would even stand up “on a freezing February night, on the naughty side of 70mph on the motorway, with the heater on and the radio at full blast”.

Better yet, the N256 would’ve been powered by a pair of electric motors that together produced a supercar-like 400kW of power and 650Nm of torque.

And despite taking the form of a seven-seat SUV that would’ve had a 2.6-tonne kerb weight, the N256 would’ve sprinted from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds. Top speed? About 200km/h.

As shown by the above image of Mr Dyson with the N256, it would’ve had concept styling with a steeply raked windscreen and tailgate, and large wheels, while its cabin would’ve been headlined by a holographic head-up display.

So, what happened? Mr Dyson invested £500 million ($A940m) into the project, but without a range of internal-combustion models to help cover the N256’s development and battery manufacturing costs, each example would’ve had to cost £150,000 ($A282,000) to break even.

Despite the project being deep in development (a manufacturing site in Singapore had been selected), the economy of scale just wasn’t there.

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May 18, 2020 9:01 am Published by